Guests (inquiry on behalf of a colleague not on the list)

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Fri Mar 17 12:32:37 UTC 2000

Dear members of the net.

A colleague non involved in sanskrit studies has sent me the following

"Hindus normally explain their hospitality as inspired by the following line
in Sanskrit: "Atithi devo bhava" (treat your guests like God).

Can anyone tell me what scriptures this line appears in?"

I assume that it should be "Atithir devo bhavatu" or something to that effect.
Please send your answers to Kathinka Froystad, Kathinka at

[PRIO is the Peace Research Institute of Oslo]

Best regards,

Lars Martin Fosse

Dr. art. Lars Martin Fosse
Haugerudvn. 76, Leil. 114,
0674 Oslo
Phone/Fax: +47 22 32 12 19
Email: lmfosse at

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