Sep 3, 2010

TOP 10 Beautiful Sounding Sanskrit Words

I took this picture a week or two ago on my visit to the Himalayas. Ok, I’m just kidding. You’re looking at North Sister and Middle Sister, covered with snow in the heights of Oregon. The black rocks in the front are former lava. You can see where the lava stopped, and trees are growing normally.
Himalaya actually means “the home of snow”. Sanskrit is so beautiful.
Here are my Top 10 Beautiful Sounding Sanskrit Words, in no specific order:
  1. Padma - lotus
  2. Madhava - husband of the Goddess of fortune
  3. Dharma - occupation, intrinsic nature of a thing
  4. Lila - play, pastime
  5. Nanda-Nandana - son of King Nanda (name of Krishna)
  6. Timingila - a great fish which can easily eat large sharks
  7. Rasarani - the queen of loving mellows or moods
  8. Rajarishi - a king and a sage; a saintly king
  9. Sharanam - to take shelter; be protected 
  10. Chintamani - a touchstone; stone that fulfills all desires
I realize these could make excellent names. It might be quite eccentric though to explain the meaning of your fancy Sanskrit name, if it was Timingala.
As a native Finnish speaker it’s easy to pronounce Sanskrit, hopefully others are able to figure out the sound of these words too. Which one is your favorite?


Anonymous said...

i like the mom's name is lila.
i miss oregon thanks for posting the pic of the sisters

Shan said...

My fav:

Om: (Mother of all sounds/words)

Maya: Illusion
Is derived from the Sanskrit roots ma ("not") and ya, generally translated as an indicative article meaning "that".

Mantra: a sound or words thats are capable of spiritual transformation. (Hymns)
Name consists of the root man- "to think" and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought".

Moksha: Liberation (from rebirth)
root muc "to let loose, let go"

Madan(a): Love

Stupa: Crown of the head

Brindavana: Park/Gardem, also a historical city of Lord Krishna...
Name comes from its groves of 'Brinda' Ocimum tenuiflorum (Holy Basil or tulsi) with 'vana' meaning a grove or a forest

Shan said...

Few more...

Tulasi: Indian Basil/Holy Basil
considered the most Sacred plant

Vimana: Plane/flying object

Bhakti Omwoods said...

Shan, I love all of your words! Oh there are so many more cool and beautiful Sanskrit words. Actually the whole language is so poetic and deep. I love it that one word can have several meanings.