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Radha:
a cowherdess who was the favourite of Lord Krishna and an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi, also a Goddess in her own right

Rahu:
north node of the Moon; dragon's head

Raja:
a tribal chieftain, local ruler or monarch

Rajas:
one of the three gunas or qualities in existence, associated with the creator God Brahma and representing the active energy or agitation in the universe

Raja Yoga:
integral or royal yoga path of Patanjali

Rakhi:
a band symbolizing protection which is tied round the wrists of males by girls at the festival of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan:
Hindu festival of tying Rakhi or band around wrists

Rama:
seventh avatar of Vishnu and hero of the epic The Ramayana

Ramayana:
Hindu epic scripture dealing with the heroic exploits of Lord Rama

Ram Navami:
Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Rama

Rasayana:
Ayurvedic rejuvenation methods

Rig Veda/Rg Veda:
'Royal Knowledge', Veda of chant, one of the four Vedas, the major and oldest Aryan Hindu scripture

Rishis:
ancient Vedic seers, enlightened men who composed Vedic hymns and Upanishads

Rta:
the Vedic cosmic norm which regulated all existence and to which all had to conform

Rudra:
terrible or wrathful form of Shiva

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