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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

  1. to say out loudly
  2. a pluti, or an overlong vowel in Sanskrit and other Indic alphabets, rendered as, written as the 12th vowel of the Devanāgari alphabet with the diacritic anusvāra;
  3. the syllable called praņava, which means “a humming or droning shout or sound of praise”, which is considered as the sound- representation of the all-encompassing Supreme Being, the Absolute Existence-Consciousness, and the primordial and original vibration out of which manifested creation came into existence, and which is the primary representative symbol for all Indic religions, sects and traditions.

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