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Gender male, female as Pankaja
Meaning lotus flower
Region of origin India, Nepal

Pankaj is a Hindu given name, common in India and Nepal. It has its roots in the Sanskrit word paṅkaja which refers to the lotus flower. The word is a compound of paṅka 'mud' and the suffix -ja 'born from, growing in'.[1] The associated symbolism is of the lotus that is born in mud and blossoms after arising from mud. The lotus flower is also the national flower of India and is considered to be a symbol of Buddhist teaching (cf. Nalanda).

Notable people with the name

References and notes

  1. ^ This is a shortened form of the root jan- 'to live', which is cognate with Pashto -zai and Persian -zad.
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