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Rucha or Richa (Sanskrit Devanagari: ऋचा) (Hindi: Richa) refers to a shloka (couplet) or mantra, usually two to four sentences long, found in the Sanskrit religious scriptures, the Vedas. The etymological origin of rucha is the Sanskrit word, ruc (ऋच्), which means to praise.[1] Rucha, is therefore, one ruc after the other. Other meanings of ruc are splendour, worship, a hymn.[2] Rucha can also refer to a verbal composition of celestial sounds called "shrutis"; the Gayatri Mantra is a rucha as well. Rucha means "aphorism of Rig Veda".[citation needed]

In Marathi or in Kannada, it is pronounced as Rucha. In Hindi, it is pronounced as Richa but spelt as ऋचा.

The pronunciation of the given name 'Richa' 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 of the given name are correct and are regional variants.

Richa is a popular given name among Hindu females. Some notable people named Richa as follows:


  1. ^ A Sanskrit English Dictionary: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged with Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European Languages; by M. Monier-Williams; 2005 Deluxe ed.
  2. ^ Apte Sanskrit dictionary