Sanskrit Dog Names

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Introduction

Many people are shocked to learn that the word, 'dog' has more than 20 names in the Sanskrit language. During the five day Tihar festival that occurs every November, dogs are worshipped. Hindus believe that the dog (commonly called Shvan) is often ridden by the Hindu god Bhairava. Yudhishthira even went to heaven with his dog. Such strong beliefs mean that many Hindus actively adopt and care for dogs as a way to make it into heaven. So why not name your dog a lovely Sanskrit name to honor them and your special relationship together?

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Sanskrit Dog Name Considerations

In the Hindu religion, it is believed that dogs guard the gates of heaven. Lord Shiva is strongly associated with the canine. Lord Dattatreya also has four dogs. Also, dogs play pivotal roles in the Hindu religion, so is it any wonder that there are so many terms in Sanskrit that refer to the animal?  Canines hold an unusual place in the legends and history of India. 

A female dog named Sarama is believed to be the mother to all canines. She is said to have helped Lord Indra when he lost his most divine cows. Other religious beliefs state that black dogs are all the reincarnation of the god Bhairava. This is why many in India fed and cared for stray black dogs. Even the Hindu god of death owns four dogs that he uses to guard his home. Unlike conventional dogs, the Hindu god's dogs have four eyes apiece. In Hinduism, dogs act as a link between the netherworld and Earth. It is believed that they play very vital roles. 

If you are trying to pick a Sanskrit name then how about Yama? Yama is believed to have taken the form of a canine to gain truth from a village elder. Or you could go with Sarama, the mother of all dogs. There are many Sanskrit names to bestow on your beloved furry companion. 

Male Sanskrit Dog Names

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Anoma
To be illustrious
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Aishwarya
To be rich and prosperous
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Aditi
This name means universe
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Madhup
One who is like a bee
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Nihit
God's gift
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Rajiv
One who has eyes like a lotus flower
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Ritvij
One who is a priest
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Siddhartha
Refers to Lord Shiva
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Lohit
One who is made of copper
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Madhava
A male born in the spring
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Jagrav
One who has been awakened
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Kiran
A ray of light
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Inas
One who is social and capable
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Harish
The king of apes
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Gandhik
This name means fragrance
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Hanan
One who is full of mercy
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Divit
One who is immortal
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Dvij
One who has been born twice
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Darshan
A perceptive man
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Deo
To be short, sweet, and godlike
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Daksh
To be capable
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Bandhul
To be pleasing
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Chandak
This name refers to the moon
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Archan
One who is devoted to worship
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Amit
To be endless
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Apoorva
This name means rare
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Agni
This name refers to fire
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Advaita
A unique male
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Landhu
This means tiny
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Aagneya
The son of fire

Female Sanskrit Dog Names

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Elakshi
A female with bright eyes
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Gomeda
One who is like a gem
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Indira
A splendid beauty
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Kamini
One who is desirable
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Lavi
A female lion
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Deepkala
The evening
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Dakini
One who walks in the sky
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Chitrangada
A warrior's beautiful wife
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Chandrabha
This name means light of the moon
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Chandana
This name means sandalwood
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Bhama
One who is filled with brightness
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Asmi
This name means I am
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Bala
The little one
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Asha
Desire and hope
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Apeksha
One who has a beautiful sense of expectation
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Anuja
The younger sister
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Anvitha
One who is absorbed
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Anila
Refers to a breeze
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Anjali
A gift or an offering
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Ammanya
This name means wishes
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Amodini
This name refers to a happy girl
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Amita
This name means endless
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Amala
The pure one
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Alisha
One who is protected by God
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Abhitha
This name means goddess
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Abha
The joy of a daughter
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Aarunya
The first rays of the sun
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Ruchir
To be beautiful
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Tathya
Refers to the truth
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Ehimay
One who is beautiful and unique

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