Dakshina

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For the Nepali film, see Dakshina (film).

Dakshinā, dakṣiṇā, or दक्षिणा), is a Sanskrit word found in Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jain literature where it may mean any donation, fees or honorarium given to a cause, monastery, temple, spiritual guide or after a ritual. It may be expected, or a tradition or voluntary form of daana.[1][2] The term is found in this context in the Vedic literature.[2]

It may mean honorarium to a guru for education, training or guidance.[3]