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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