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What are some common Sanskrit names and their meanings?

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Some known Sanskrit names and their meanings include Dhruv, which means "north star," Aadhya, which means "first power," Bodhi, which means "enlightenment," Arya, which means "noble" and Dharma, which means "truth." Other Sanskrit names are Gita, which means "song," Amit, which means "infinite," Chanda, which means "passionate," Dev, which means "god" and Indra, which means "possessing drops of rain." Some Sanskrit names have male and female forms, such as Amita, which is the feminine version of Amit.

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Sanskrit names can have variant spellings, such as Geeta and Geetha for the name Gita. Gita is best known from the sacred Hindu book " Bhagavad Gita," which means "Song of the Lord." This name is commonly chosen by parents looking for a spiritual name. Another spiritual Sanskrit name is Bodhi. This name is linked to the spiritual state of nirvana in Buddhism. It is best known as the tree in which the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, was sitting when he found enlightenment.

Other Sanskrit names are popular due to their connection to pop culture, such as the names Arya and Sansa from "Game of Thrones." Arya, which can be also spelled Aria, Ariya or Aarya, is the name of the younger Stark sister. In the book and TV show, she is portrayed as fierce and independent. Her older sister's name, Sansa, means "charm" in Sanskrit. Sansa Stark is portrayed as beautiful and elegant in "Game of Thrones."

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