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Words Starting with V


vācaka (वाचक) – form of the Lord through His names


vācya (वाच्य) – form of the Lord full of transcendental bliss and knowledge


Vaidehī (वैदेह) – Sītā


Vaikuṇṭha (वैकुण्ठ) – the eternal spiritual planet and abode of Lord Viṇu


Vaiṇava (वैष्णव) – devotee of Lord Viṇu or Kṛṣṇa


vaiśya (वैश्य) – class of agriculturalists, traders, merchants, and businessmen according to the Vedic occupational divisions of society


Vālī (वाल) – the elder brother of Sugrīva, killed by Lord Rāma


Vālmīkī (वाल्मीक) – author of the Rāmāyaṇa; sheltered Sītā during Her banishment and became the spiritual master of Lava and Kuśa


Vāmana (Vāmanadeva) (वामन/वामनदेव) – the form of the Lord as a dwarf in order to seize the world and possessions of King Bali


vana (वन) – forest


vānaprastha (वानप्रस्थ) – the third stage of life; retirement from family life in order to develop renunciation


Varāha (वराह) – the avatāra of the Lord in the form of a boar


varṇa (वर्ण) – one of the Vedic occupational classes


varṇa-sańkara (वर्ण-सङ्कर) – unwanted progeny produced due to illicit sex


varṇāśrama dharma (वर्णाश्रम धर्म) – Vedic social system based on principles (dharma) in one’s occupational (varṇa) and personal lives (āśrama)


Varṣānā (वर्षान) – a village in the Braja territory; the birthplace of Rādhā


Varuṇa (वरुण) – demigod of the sea


Vaśiṣṭha (वशिष्ठ) – the spiritual preceptor and royal priest of the solar dynasty


vasu (वस)– a type of heavenly being


Vasudeva (वसुदेव) – father of Lord Kṛṣṇa


Vāsudeva (वासुदेव) – 1) name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, son of Vasudeva 2) expansion of Lord Kṛṣṇa that took form as Lord Rāma


Veda (वेद) – the four primordial scriptures


Vedānta-sutra (वेदान्त-सुत्र) – the philosophical treatise written by Vyāsadeva consisting of succinct aphorisms that embody the essential meaning of the Upaniads


Vedavatī (वेदवत) – the devotee of Viṇu who was harassed by Rāvaṇa; took form as the shadow image of Sītā


vibhāga (विभाग) – measures or division blocks of a rhythmic cycle in North Indian music


Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) – youngest brother of Rāvaṇa, after being thrown out of his nation for his devotion, he sought Lord Rāma’s shelter and aided Him through the war, became future king of Lań


Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य) – son of Satyavatī and Śāntanu; brother of Citrāńgada


Videha (विदेह) – The nation Janaka ruled


vidyā (विद्य) – knowledge


vikarma (विकर्म) – sinful actions


Vikarṇa (विकर्ण) – the third oldest son of Dhṛṭarāṣṭra and Gāndhārī


vīṇā (वीण) – 1) any stringed instrument 2) a zither with a bamboo neck with a gourd at each end


Virāgha (विराघ) – a demon during the forest exile, killed by Lord Rāma


Virāṭa (विराट) – the king of Matsya who sheltered the Pāṇḍavas


virāṭa-rūpa (विराट-रूप) – the universal form of Lord Kṛṣṇa


visarga (विसर्ग) – the element “” used in conjunction with vowels


Viṇu (विष्ण) – the expansion of Kṛṣṇa as maintainer of the mode of goodness, reclining on Lord Śeṣa with Lakṣmī-devī constantly serving Him


viṇu-dūta (विष्णु-दूत) – the messengers or envoys of Lord Viṇu


viṇu-tattva (विष्णु-तत्त्व) – the status or category of Godhead


viśva (विश्व) – 1) the universe 2) a rhythmic cycle of thirteen beats


viśva vandita (विश्व वन्दित) – a rhythmic cycle with eight beats


Viśvāmitra (विश्वामित्र) – a well known seer who had Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa accompany him to the forest to protect the seers from demoniac attacks


Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura (विश्वनाथ चक्रवर्त ठाकुर) – a well known sixteenth century devotee known for his Śrīmad Bhāgavatam commentaries


vitāt (वितात) – a subclass of stringed instruments that are played by a bow


viveka (विवेक) – discrimination


Viveka-Cuāmai (विवेक चुडामणि)


Vraja (व्रज) –the nation Nanda Mahārāja ruled


Vṛndā-devī (वृन्दा-देव) – goddess representing the tulasī plant


Vndāvana (वृन्दावन) – (lit. “the forest of Vṛndā trees”) the spiritual abode of Lord Kṛṣṇa mirrored on earth five-thousand years ago


Vṛṣabhānu (वृषभान) – father of Rādhā


Vṛṣi (वृष्णि) – one of the dominant races in Mathurā


Vyāsa (व्यास) – (also known as Vedavyāsa or Kṛṣṇa Dvaipayana Vyāsa) compiler of the Vedic literatures and author of the Mahābhārata


Vyāsa-pūjā (व्यास-पूज) – the festival of the appearance of one’s spiritual master


UPDATED: July 6, 2009