Definition of darshan in English:



  • An opportunity to see or an occasion of seeing a holy person or the image of a deity.

    ‘Hindus attach great importance to a darshan, or view, of a saint or holy image’
    mass noun ‘he was shown dancing, attending darshan, eating in the dining hall’
    • ‘This is the most important temple, and to be able to enter it and experience the ultimate darshan of God that it offers is the goal for which worship in physical temples prepares us.’
    • ‘You gave me the tools to practice Hinduism: I learned how to do puja, how to worship in a temple, how to feel the darshan of a Deity, how to participate in the great festivals.’
    • ‘The Holy Book should remain open so long as a granthi or attendant can remain in attendance, persons seeking darshan (seeking a view of or making obeisance to it) keep coming, or there is no risk of commission of irreverence towards it.’
    • ‘A recently evolved trend among devotees coming from outside Kerala is to leave behind the clothes that they wear during their pilgrimage near the Pampa River while returning after darshan at the Ayyappa shrine.’
    • ‘Entrance to the cave is regulated, and darshan a hasty affair for there are many others waiting outside to pay homage before the awesome Shivalinga.’
    • ‘And I heard this story about finger-printing of individuals wanting to book for a darshan at the Tirupati temple.’
    • ‘He asked the police to regulate entry of yatries at the holy cave so that more people could have darshan in a given time and return back.’
    • ‘He had an experience during Navaratri when he had a darshan of Mataji (the Goddess).’
    • ‘We must allow the yatra and the darshans of Lord Shiva to be without any controversy and hidden commercial undertones.’
    • ‘A Kalal - wine distiller - once came for the Guru's darshan and stood at a distance, for the caste of the Kalals was considered low in the social hierarchy.’
    • ‘A section of ruralites, with a sense of absolute fulfilment, offers ‘prasadam’ to the passers-by after having a darshan of the deity.’
    • ‘The satisfaction of having had a wonderful darshan of the Lord reflects on their smiling faces.’
    • ‘We have come to do darshan - to catch a glimpse of the God - in the miraculous image of Shiva in the temple at Kedarnath.’
    • ‘A self-contained queue complex like the one at the Tirupati Devasthanam would be a great relief to the pilgrims who wait for hours together on the trekking path for the holy darshan.’
    • ‘Even as the yatra officially started on July 15, devotees have been visiting the holy cave one month prior and so far 54000 pilgrims have had darshan at the shrine.’
    • ‘A trip to Bodhgaya is not complete without an evening darshan of the sacred temple.’
    • ‘Passengers will have a darshan of these deities free.’
    • ‘Many people who got saved experienced the darshan [sight] of prakash [divine light].’
    • ‘The APTDC will provide accommodation till 5 a.m. at a guesthouse there and then devotees will be taken for darshan by 10 a.m after breakfast.’
    • ‘The perturbed Devi decided to leave the place, but agreed to give darshan to devotees for 12 days commencing from ‘Thiruvathira’ in Dhanu month of Malayalam era.’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit darśana ‘sight or seeing’.