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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Deva-rna, Deva-RNa, Deva-rrina

Deva-ṛṇa literally means ‘debt to gods’.

A human being is said to be born under the load of three ṛṇas or debts. Deva-ṛṇa or the debt to be paid to the gods is one of them. It can be repaid by the regular and proper performance of the prescribed Vedic rites.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore