Ancient Sanskrit word Kriya literally means act or action of a person. Kriya refers to doing something or performance.
Kriya found a reference in Epics like Yagyavalakya (याज्ञवल्क्य), Manu-Smiriti and Katyaayan-Shraut-Sutra (कात्यायन-श्रौत-सूत्र) where Kriya refers to occupation, business, act, performance, doing, action, undertaking, activity, work or labor. Word Kriya also used as religious action or worship in Bhagavat Purans.
Lexicographers like Amar Singh, Hemchandra and Halayudh have used Kriya in their writings with the meanings as a bodily action or exercise of the limbs.
This name is also referred in Kashika-Vritti (काशिका-वृत्ति) and Panini (पाणिनि) where it refers to a term of grammar which is known as a verb.
Kriya is found to be referred in Sushrut (सुश्रुत) where this word means medical treatment, applying a remedy or cure for a disease.
As shown in the chart Kriya is a bit popular name in the USA. Kriya is in trend since 1997. It has been used by 5 - 9 people per year as the name of their babies. Kriya is not much popular in India. Here it is used by only a few people as the name of their children.
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