Richa (original Sanskrit version Rucha) refers to a shloka (couplet) or mantra, usually two to four sentences long, found in the Sanskrit religious scriptures, the Vedas. The etymological origin of richa is the Sanskrit word, ric, which means to praise. Richa, is therefore, one ric after the other. Other meanings of ric are splendour, worship, a hymn. Richa can also refer to a verbal composition of celestial sounds called shrutis; the Gayatri Mantra is a richa as well. Richa means aphorism of Rig Veda.There is another meaning of richa which means the stack of souls in existence in the world.In Marathi or in Kannada, it is pronounced as Rhucha. In Hindi, it is pronounced as Richa but spelt as ऋचा.In Sanskrit (ऋचा) the pronunciation varies based on the geography and native language of the speakers. Hindi speaking populace would pronounce the Sanskrit word as richa as opposed to Marathi or Kannada speaking populace. Both the ru and ri pronunciations are correct and are regional variants. In Maharashtra and Karnataka, the letter ऋ is pronounced Ru, whereas it is pronounced Ri by speakers of Hindi. The Hindi script is identical to the Sanskrit script.Richa is a popular given name among Hindu females. Some notable people named Richa as follows:

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