From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Synonyms & Antonyms of Utsarga[edit]

The most common meanings of this word are:

  1. A general rule
  2. Giving gifts
  3. Giving up

Its opposite is apavāda or exception.

Technical Use of the Word[edit]

However, it is used in a technical sense also with regard to Vedic studies. A Vedic student has to start his studies in the month of Srāvaṇa[1] and close in the month of Puṣya.[2] This ceremonial closing, before beginning it again, is called utsarga or utsarjana.


  1. It generally falls in August/ September.
  2. It falls in the month of January/February.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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