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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Varnasramadharma, VarNAZramadharma, Varnaashramadharma

Varṇāśramadharma literally means ‘duties of varṇas and āśramas'.

In the ancient, medieval scriptures and religious treatises, the word ‘dharma’ is generally interpreted as varṇa-āśrama-dharma, duties and responsibilities of the various varṇas and āśramas.


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