The word "rohit" signifies the color red. It is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "the first rays of the sun". The early morning sunlight usually has a reddish tint. It is also said to be derived from the Sanskrit word Rohitah (रोहित:) which signifies a red coloured deer – a form which Brahma once took. Sanskrit pronunciation: [ˈroːhɪt̪a].
Rohit is also one of the names of the Hindu God Vishnu, when he is said to have first arrived on earth as a beautiful red fish. It appears in the Vishnu Sahasranam (विष्णु सहस्रणाम, "1000 names of Vishnu"). Rohit also means a person who leads his family to growth and development (a commonly held belief in Hindu families). Rohit was also the name of one of Krishna's sons.
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