Ancient Sanskrit Name Dakshina (दक्षिणा) literally means gift or offering made to Guru or teacher for the education they have provided.
Reference of Dakshina is found in Arthav Veda and Riga Veda where Dakshina refers to a prolific cow or a cow able to calve and give milk. And also it is used as a reward.
Mention of Dakshina is also found in Katyayan-Shraut-Sutra (कात्यायन-श्रौत-सूत्र) and Latyayan (लाट्यायन) in which this name refers to a fee or present offer to the officiating priest. This name also founds to be referred in Bhagvat Puran and Raghuvansh (रघुवंश) where Dakshina denotes donation or donation to the priest.
Dakshina is also mentioned in the Mahabharata and Kathasaritsagar (कथासरित्सागर) where this word is used for offering made to the Guru (गुरु).
According to the social media records, Dakshina is a somewhat popular name in India. Dakshina is used by some people in India as the name of their children. Dakshina is not at all a popular name in the USA.
Dakshina is a beautiful name with a unique meaning. Dakshina also have some sort of mythological significance attached to it.
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