Richa (Rucha) refers to a shloka (couplet) or mantra, usually two to four sentences long, found in the Hindu religious scriptures, the Vedas. The etymological origin of Richa is the Sanskrit word, ric, which means to praise.  Richa, is therefore, one ric after the other. Other meanings of ric are splendour, worship, a hymn.  Richa can also refer to a verbal composition of celestial sounds called "Shrutis". The Gayatri Mantra is a Richa as well.
In Sanskrit (ऋचा) the pronunciation varies based on the geography and native language of the speakers. Hindi speaking populace would pronounce the Sanskrit word as "Richa" as opposed to Marathi or Kannada speaking populace. Both the 'Ru' and 'Ri' pronunciations are correct and are regional variants. In Maharashtra and Karnataka, the letter ऋ is pronounced 'Ru', whereas it is pronounced 'Ri' by speakers of Hindi. The Hindi script is identical to the Sanskrit script.
Richa is a popular given-name among females in Hindus. Notable people named Richa:
- ↑ A Sanskrit English Dictionary 2005 Deluxe Edition: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged with Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European Languages by M Monier-Williams.
- ↑ Apte Sanskrit dictionary: http://aa2411s.aa.tufs.ac.jp/~tjun/sktdic/
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