The meaning of Sri, Shri and Sree

In this website, you will find usage of the word “Sri” in most contents that is used more often. The Actual meaning of the word Sri – (Sri), as given in the Sanskrit dictionary is listed below. In India, Sri Lakshmi, The Goddess of wealth is also referred as Sri. Sri, Shri (Sri) 0r Shree, — is pronounced halfway between Sree and Shree — which is a Sanskrit title of veneration, a Hindu honorific stemming from the Vedic conception of prosperity.

It is commonly prefixed to the names of Hindu Gods as well as men and women considered great or holy. It is also the standard honorific (akin to ‘Mr.’ in English) used when referring to an adult male in various Indian languages such as Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit and sometimes in English as well (in an Indian context).

When used as a title for Gods, Sri is sometimes translated into English as Lord, but this is quite inaccurate and it is generally agreed that Sri is best left un-translated. Its South Indian equivalent, Tamil, essentially in is Thiru. The naming of places, village, town and cities in South India is mostly prefixed with the word Sri. (eg. Srirangam, Sriperumpudur, Srivilliputtur, Srirangapattanam etc.)

Even the names of persons used to commonly start with “Sri”. (such as, Srihari, Srinivasan, Sriraaman, Srikanth, Sridharan, Srivathsarngan etc for gents and Srimathi, Srilata, Sripriya, Sridevi, Srividhya etc.) In general, the Ladies are addressed as “Srimathi” and gents with “Srimaan” that equates to English words Ladies and Gentlemen! Sages and Saints are addressed with the word “Srimadh” (Srimad Vaalmiki, Srimad AadhivaNsatakopan, Srimad Ramanujacharya etc.)

TRS Iyengar

Born on Makara Uthiradam star, native of Mukkur and brought up in Ladavaram village near Arcot and now well settled in Mumbai for over five decades. Presently, at 70, trying to run this website without any commercial expectations or profit motive, just for the sake of our future generations to understand about Sanatana Dharma & Srivaishnavam sampradayam.Within my limited knowledge that I put it here, what I learnt from the world.

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