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Abhi (Abhih) is a word in Sanskrit, Pali, Bengali, and Hindi.


The first reference to the word "Abhi" is found in the ancient Hindu sacred text Rigveda book 1, hymn 164.[1] After that, the word "Abhi" frequently appears in ancient Sanskrit texts.


Although the word frequently appears in the Vedas, Upnishad and Bhagavad Gita, the meaning of the word "Abhi" is not clear. But it is generally agreed that "Abhi" means to, towards, into, higher, about, new.[2][3]

Although the meaning of the Sanskrit word is not clear, the meaning of the Hindi word "abhi," if translated to English, would be (ab + hi) "just now" or "now itself" (ab meaning now).

However, it is believed that the word "Abhi" on its own in Sanskrit (for example, in ancient poetry) means the first ray of sunlight. "Abhi" is also a common Indian name for boys and men. Although a name less common in girls, it is often used as a nickname, short for "Abhilasha." Confusion results from the fact that the name also has a current meaning in Hindi ("now").

According to Swami Vivekananda the meaning of the word "Abhih" mentioned in the Vedantas is "fearless." While pronouncing "Abhih," the second "h" is silent.[4][5] He also told a "Vedantist is to be Abhih, fearless".[6]


The word 'Abhi' is used as a prefix in many Indian male and female names and words. Example of names: Abhigyan, Abhiram, Abhirami, Abhiras, Abhinesh, Abhijeet, Abhilash, Abhimanyu, Abhishek, Abhinav, Abhichandra,Abhinehsan etc. Example of words: Abhidhamma, Abhikarta, Abhineta, Abhivandana, Abhiyan, Abhiyanta,Abhinash etc.

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