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Bhagavad-Gita

[buhg-uh-vuh d-gee-tah]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. a portion of the Mahabharata, having the form of a dialogue between the hero Arjuna and his charioteer, the avatar Krishna, in which a doctrine combining Brahmanical and other elements is evolved.

Origin of Bhagavad-Gita

< Sanskrit: Song of the Blessed One
Also called Gita.
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Examples from the Web for bhagavad-gita

Historical Examples

  • I might just as well have attempted to read the Bhagavad-Gita in the original.

    The Sea and the Jungle

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • These words are almost identical with what we find in the Bhagavad-gita.

  • An excellent example of this process is afforded by the famous Bhagavad-gita, from which we have quoted in the previous chapter.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

  • One day he happened to read an English translation of the “Bhagavad-Gita.”


British Dictionary definitions for bhagavad-gita

Bhagavad-Gita

noun
  1. a sacred Hindu text composed about 200 bc and incorporated into the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic

Word Origin

from Sanskrit: song of the Blessed One, from bhaga blessing + gītā a song
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Word Origin and History for bhagavad-gita

Bhagavad-Gita

n.

dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna inserted in Mahabharata, from Sanskrit, "Song of the Sublime One," from Bhaga, a god of wealth, from Sanskrit bhagah, literally "allotter, distributor, master, lord," from bhajati "assigns, allots, apportions, enjoys, loves" (related to Avestan baga, Old Persian baga "master, lord, god") + gita "song," fem. past participle of gayate "sings, calls," from PIE root *gei- "to sing" (cf. Avestan gatha "song," Lithuanian giedoti "to sing").

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