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Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon” and also meaning “to shine, glow”. It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who rides his chariot across the sky every night pulled by ten white horses. He also came to be merged with the Vedic god Soma who was also a moon deity. Chandra is also an Indian surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Chander (Indian, Hindi)- purely masculine form of the name

 

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