Glossary

Hymn
Type of termDefinition
TermHymn
Alternative Termsstavan, Stavana, Stava, Stotra, Stuti, stavans, Stavanas, Stavas, Stotras, Stutis, hymn, hymns, devotional song, devotional songs, religious song, religious songs
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The terms stavan, stavana, stava, stotra and stuti are all used for a prayer, song, chant or hymn to a Jina, a god or any other holy figure. Religious songs are always hymns of praise in Jainism. These devotional songs may be performed during daily rites or on special occasions, such as completion of a fast or a wedding. The hymns may be performed:

  • solo or in groups
  • as a form of meditation
  • as a rite offered as part of worship.
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