Bhagavate is a Sanskrit term that refers to one who is divine or blessed, and most often is used to describe the supreme deity, which varies depending on the Hindu sect or tradition. While bhagavate is a synonym for “god,” it also translates as “glorious,” “venerable,” “fortunate,” “holy” and “illustrious.” Grammatically, bhagavate is the dative case of bhagavat: The words have the same meaning, but the former serves as a direct object.

In Buddhism, bhagavate can refer to a buddha or a bodhisattva, and in Jainism, it may describe a jina (a liberated great teacher).

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