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Words Starting with D

 

dādrā (दादर) – a commonly used six beat cycle

 

daiva (दैव) – the Supreme Lord

 

daitya (दैत्य) – demoniac persons; sons of Dītī

 

dāl (दाल) – a spicy bean used in soup form in Indian cuisine

 

Dāmodara (दामोदर) – 1) name of Lord Kṛṣṇa when He was fastened by the stomach between a large mortar and two arjuna trees 2) the Vaiṇava name of Kartika (October-Novemeber)

 

dānava (दानव) – the demoniac race

 

Dantāvakra (दन्तावक्र) – one of the demons killed by Lord Kṛṣṇa during His late pastimes

 

daridra-nārāyaṇa (दरिद्र नारायण) – a misconception that just because the Supreme Lord resides in all, all is to be worshipped and accepted as God

 

Daśagrīva (दशग्रीव) – (“one with ten heads”) another name of Rāvaṇa.

 

Daśānana (दशानन) – another name of Rāvaṇa.

 

daśavatāra (दशवतार) – the ten well-known forms of Lord Kṛṣṇa by Jayadeva Gosvāmī.

 

Daśaratha (दशरथ) – father of Lords Rāma, Bharata, Lakṣmaṇa, and Satrughna

 

Dattātreya (दत्तात्रेय) – a three-headed incarnation of Lord Viṇu

 

dāsa (दास) – servant (male)

 

dāsattva (दासत्त्व) – servitude

 

dāsī (दास) – maidservant (female)

 

dayā (दय) – pity

 

dāyā (दाय) – the smaller treble side of a drum

 

dayāmaya (दयामय)  – the merciful one

 

deva (देव) – demigod or divine personality (male = deva; female = devī)

 

Devadatta (देवदत्त) – conch shell blown by Arjuna during the Mahābhārata war

 

Devaka (देवक) – 1) father of Devakī 2) son of Yudhiṣṭhira

 

Devakī (देवक) – wife of Vasudeva, mother of Kṛṣṇa

 

Devanāgari (देवनागरि) – (lit. “the city of the demigods”) the script that is used in Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, and other Indian languages

 

Devavrata (देवव्रत) – the birth name of Bhiṣma

 

dhaivata (धैवत) – the sixth name in the musical scale (Dha)

 

dharma (धर्म) – eternal religious principles and duties; righteousness

 

dhamāra (धर्मार) – 1) a fourteen beat pakhawaj cycle 2) an ancient form of classical music based on lyrics on Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes of Holi

 

dhamāri (धर्मारि) – a rhythmic cycle with 11½ beats

 

dhamāli (धमालि) – an eight beat cycle

 

Dhanāρjaya (धनाञ्जय) – a name of Arjuna; winner of wealth

 

Dhanyamālinī (धन्यमालिन) – second wife of Rāvaṇa, mother of Atikāya

 

dhenu (धेन) – cow, donkey

 

Dhenuka (धेनुक) – 1) (Dhenukāsura) a donkey demon who was killed by Lord Kṛṣṇa 2) a melakartā from the South Indian system

 

dhol (ढोल) – a large barrel drum played with a stick

 

dholak (ढोलक) - a small wooden folk drum consisting of two sides made of leather

 

dholakī (ढोलक) – see nāl

 

Dhṛṭarāṣṭra (धृटराष्ट्र) – the blind son of Ambikā, father of the Kaurava princes, headed by Duryodhana; he collaborated with his sons to destroy the righteous Pāṇḍavas

 

dhrupada (ध्रुपद) – an ancient style of classical music

 

Dhruva (ध्रुव) – 1) the young devotee boy who performed penance in order to see Lord Kṛṣṇa 2) one of the constellations 3) one of the seven original tālams of South Indian music

 

dhruva pada (ध्रुव पद) – lines that serve as a lyrical refrain of a song

 

Dhumālī (धुमाल) – a text on songs and pastimes of Lord Caitanya by Locana Dāsa Thākura

 

dhyāna (ध्यान) – meditation

 

dhyāna yoga (ध्यान योग) – meditation of the Supreme Lord

 

Dilīpa (दिलीप) – father of Bhagiratha, ancestor of Lord Rāma

 

dilrubā (दिलरुब) – a bowed stringed instrument very similar to esraj, played in North and Western India

 

dīpa (दीप) – light

 

dīpacandī (दीपचन्द) – common fourteen beat cycle

 

Dītī (दीत) – mother of the demoniac race

 

Draupadī (द्रौपद) – wife of the five Pāṇḍavas, born out of fire, daughter of King Drupada

 

Droṇa (द्रोण) – the military teacher of the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas who sided with the Kauravas during the war

 

Droṇa Parvana (द्रोण पर्वण) – the seventh book of the Mahābhārata discussing the war when Droṇa was commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army

 

druta (द्रुत) – fast tempo

 

drutam (द्रुतम) – one of the three ańgams in South Indian music worth two beats

 

Drumakulya (द्रुमकुल्य) – the village where the Brahmāstra (by Lord Rāma’s desire) destroyed the demons to create the fountain hood of science and medicine

 

Drupada (द्रुपद) – father of Draupadī, Dṛṣṭadyumna, and Sikhaṇḍī

 

Dṛṣṭadyumna (दृष्टद्युम्न) – son of Drupada, born out of fire, slain by Aśvatthamā in sleep

 

dṛṣṭi (दृष्टि) – vision, sight

 

dugga (दुग्ग) – see bayan

 

Duḥśāsana (दुःशासन) – the younger brother of Duryodhana who disrobed Draupadī; was brutally slain by Bhīma

 

Durgā (दुर्ग) – wife of Lord Siva, fierce material energy personified

 

Durvāsa (दुर्वास) – the seer who was known for his curses and short temper

 

Duryodhana (दुर्योधन) – the eldest son of Dhṛṭarāṣṭra and Gāndhārī, committed many atrocities to the Pāṇḍavas; defeated and killed by Bhīma

 

Duśalā (दुशल) – the daughter of Dhṛṭarāṣṭra and Gāndhārī, married Jayadratha

 

ṣaṇa (दूषण) – brother of Khara

 

Dvāpara Yuga (द्वापर युग) – the age when religion and irreligion was on equilibrium

 

Dvārakā (द्वारक) – abode of the Yādavas who left Mathurā due to the constant attacks of Jarāsandha

 

Dvārkādhīśa (द्वारकाधीश) – Lord of Dvārkā; name of Kṛṣṇa

 

UPDATED: June 27, 2009