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Rām (Rāmnām)
(4,448 words)

The name Rām is arguably the most common name of the divine in Hinduism today. It is regularly used as a form of greeting, in the naming of children, in recitation and chanting, and for adorning the walls of homes and temples. From birth until and including the time of death, the name has significance and is a part of nearly every ritual and rite of passage undertaken or experienced. When dead bodies are carried to the funeral pyre for cremation, rāmnām satya hai (the …

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Lamb, Ramdas, “Rām (Rāmnām)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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