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Sanskrit Words beginning with R

Glossary of Hindu Terms with Meanings

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Radha:

a cowherdess who was the favourite of Lord Krishna and an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi, also a Goddess in her own right

Rahu:

north node of the Moon; dragon's head

Raja:

a tribal chieftain, local ruler or monarch

Rajas:

one of the three gunas  or qualities in existence, associated with the creator God Brahma and representing the active energy or agitation in the universe

Raja Yoga:

integral or royal yoga path of Patanjali

Rakhi:

a band symbolizing protection which is tied round the wrists of males by girls at the festival of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan:

Hindu festival of tying Rakhi or band around wrists

Rama:

seventh avatar of Vishnu and hero of the epic The Ramayana

Ramayana:

Hindu epic scripture dealing with the heroic exploits of Lord Rama

Ram Navami:

Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Rama

Rasayana:

Ayurvedic rejuvenation methods

Rig Veda/Rg Veda:

'Royal Knowledge', Veda of chant, one of the four Vedas, the major and oldest Aryan Hindu scripture

Rishis:

ancient Vedic seers, enlightened men who composed Vedic hymns and Upanishads

Rta:

the Vedic cosmic norm which regulated all existence and to which all had to conform

Rudra:

terrible or wrathful form of Shiva

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