13 absolutely Beautiful Sanskrit Words

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Sanskrit (from Sanskrit saṃskṛta, “adorned, cultivated, purified”). It is an ancient language that has its roots in Indian Subcontinent. Sanskrit language is around 3500 years old. There are many Sanskrit Words which has beautiful and deeper meaning. One can try and use these words on a daily basis. Some of the words does not have any direct translation in English or does not have any English word associated to it. For Eg : YOGA. There is no translation of YOGA in English.

संस्कृत or Sanskrit is an old and classical language of India and the sacramental language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is also one of the official languages of India. This is one and the only language transforms how you think about day to day concepts. Moreover, The guiding principles of life could only be best understood with the use of Sanskrit words.

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The word Sanskrit means “refined”, “consecrated” and “sanctified”.

Breathe in Sanskrit is called as Shvaas

Breathe tattoo symbol in sanskrit words

Sanskrit is recognized in the India Constitution as a classical language as well as an official language. This language’s words continues to be used in scholarly, literary, technical media, periodicals, radio, television, and film.

Here is the list of some Sanskrit words which has beautiful and powerful meanings.


Namastey is a sanskrit word means hello

It means a Hello in simpler meaning. However it has a deeper meaning than you think. Namaste is a courteous way of greeting people in India. It is a combination of two words: Namah, which means ‘bow’ or ‘adoration’, and te, which means ‘to you’. In its literal meaning, the word translates as ‘I bow to you’. Arabs says it as Salaam

Jijivisha | जिजीविषा

A strong wish and desire to live and continue living. It is often used to talk about a person who loves life and lives to the fullest


This Sanskrit words means Liberation or Release or Salvation. It is the freedom from the endless cycle of transmigration into a state of bliss

Aham Prem | A Sanskrit word that means True Love

Sanskrit word meaning True Love
Used for Tattoo or as a Sanskrit symbol


Tejo means Light and Maya means Universe or a lot. It means consisting of splendour or light and Full of effulgence.

Asha or आशा 

A widely used name for a girl in India. It means Hope or Desire . This powerful word is connected to the ash tree to symbolise protectiveness.


It means Courage or Strength. Parakram is a quality that is associated to a person who shows courage during difficult times. Arabs says it as “Quwa”


It means supreme bliss or unending Joy. A lot of Boys have this as their name. Aananda is also defined as One of the highest states of being.


Rupa is a Sanskrit word which means “form. It refers to the appearance of physical objects in yogic, Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. As a result, It is also called as “A beautiful form”.


It is defined as Destiny ,Fate, luck and fortunate. Further, Bhagya also means happiness, prosperity and welfare.


It means ones path in personal life. A righteous way to live. Also, There is no comprehensive equivalent word for dharma in English. The nearest one-word equivalent is righteousness

Another Sanskrit Words Symbol that can be used as Tattoo

Sanskrit word that represents Breathe


Abja in Sanskrit means ” The MOON”. There are other words as well which means “The Moon”. for eg abhirupa , acandamarici. balaksagu means white rayed moon.


Kusuma is a widely popular word used as names for girls in Indian culture. Kusum in sanskrit means Flowers or Blossom.However, there is another beautiful word for an assemblage of lotus flowers . That word is nalini. Nalini is another word used for girls in India.


It is a Dream. A popular name used for Indian Girls. This Sanskrit word means the dreamstate. It is also said as Swapna in Hindu philosophy, which is state of consciousness when a person or any being is dreaming in sleep.


Yoga means Union whereas Maya is the illusion that the world is as it appears to be and all of its distractions. Yogamaya means divine illusory power

Sanskrit means “adorned, cultivated, purified”

Sanskrit perceived by other Countries : 14 of the top universities in Germany teach Sanskrit.

What are the English words derived from Sanskrit ?

Gau (meaning Cow) – Cow
Matr (meaning Mother) – Mother
Jan (meaning Generation) – Gene
Naas (means Nose) – Nose
Naama (means Name) – Name
Danta (meaning Teeth) – Dental
Mishr (meaning Mix) – Mix
Na (meaning No) -No
Agni (meaning Fire) – Ignite
Lubh (meaning Desire) – Love
Maan (meaning Mind) – Mind
and many more
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The ancient language of Sanskrit is being revived in Australia . Moreover, Sanskrit is gaining a huge popularity in Germany as many are interested in learning psychoanalysis and are interested to know how human thoughts originated through texts, culture and societies. It is also of interest to students of historical and comparative linguistics and provides a basis for the study of modern Indian languages.

If you know any other Sanskrit words, please let us know in the comments below?

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  1. Beautiful words. What a way to beautify even a normal and ordinary conversation!

  2. Devang Jhaveri says:

    Sadchidanand ghan Swaroop
    Our soul consists of Right Belief, Right Knowledge, Right Conduct all together in a Solid form

  3. Koyal Patel says:

    Hello, linguist here & lover of Sanskrit. I’ve been wanting to learn it since a little girl, especially because it makes me feel closer to my culture. I just wanted to come out and state that the “What are the English words derived from Sanskrit?” section is not the full picture. I will use “Cow” as an example.

    The word Cow comes from Old English “cū” based from Germanic origin (branch of the Indo-European language family that includes English, Irish, Scottish, German, Dutch, Gothic, Frisian, and the Scandinavian languages, and Gothic).

    Based on this fact, the etymological origin would be of Germanic origin.

    Now, here is where Sanskrit (and other languages) come into play. In linguistics, there is something called lexical cognates. They are words that have a common etymological origin. Lexical cognates of “cow” include the Sanskrit गो (go), Ancient Greek βοῦς (boûs), German Kuh, and Latin bōs. All of these words have a common ancestor in the Old English based in Germanic Origin “cū”.

    Sorry to be a literal linguistic encyclopedia. It isn’t everyday I get to nerd out over words!

    If you ARE interested in English loaner words of a Sanskrit origin, I recommend looking up “Jungle”, “Avatar”, “Nirvana”, “Orange”, “Panther”, “Rice”, “Sugar”, and “Thug”.

  4. nia G says:

    Now i would agree with you except for the fact that Sanskrit and Greek (or the other languages you mentioned) cannot share a common ancestor in Old English because Sanskrit is older than all of these languages. In fact, it is one of the first languages on Earth. Therefore, it makes more sense to say that Sanskrit is the common ancestor for the other lexical cognates. It is true that the modern word cow came from a Germanic origin, but the old English word “cū” is based off of the Sanskrit word “gau.” Based on this evidence, it is safe to say that the modern word “cow” came from the root word “gau” in Sanksrit. Sorry to rain on your parade. Also, when researching etymology, it may be a better idea to google further and not just rely on the google dictionary 🙂

  5. Very informative and knowledgeable article. Thank you for the detailed explanation about the Sanscrit symbol and its meaning. Spacially for Breath. Life is all about conscious breathing.
    Just Breathing

  6. Nitin Singh says:

    nice post

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