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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Samhara, SamhAra, Samhaara

Samhāra literally means ‘withdrawal,’ ‘destruction’.

Religion posits a cyclic theory of creation. Cyclic order is maintained by the following:

  1. Sṛṣṭi - creation
  2. Sthiti - sustenance
  3. Samhāra - withdrawal into the original cause

In samhāra, the process is the exact reverse of sṛṣṭi. The word is also used to indicate destruction or killing in general.


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