According to Hindu mythology, Manisha is the Hindu goddess of the Mind. When used in this context, it symbolizes intelligence and desire. In Sanskrit, the word 'Manisha' means decisive wisdom or determinate knowledge. Such knowledge is resolute and completely free of any doubt.


Manisha is a feminine noun, used as a girls name in India. It is mainly used in Hindu religion. Rashi or Zodiac sign of name Manisha is Simha or Leo.


The Sanskrit term Manīṣā can be transliterated into English as Manisa or Manisha. The noun Manisha appears as early as the Rigveda Samhita and also in the Aitareya Upanishad, which is a part of the second book of Aitareya Aranyaka of Rigveda. And in the Rigveda Samhita, Manisha in most of the places is used to mean, ‘praise’.

However, both Adi Shankaracharya and Sayanacharya have stated that Manisha means "the independence of intellect (mati)’. Therefore, Manisha can be deciphered as "the intelligence which is capable of independent logical reasoning and rational analysis in determining truth or facts".

However, in Bengali, Manisha is reference given to goddess of wish.[1]

While, according to Sanskrit-English dictionary, Manisha has several meanings, some of them are:

  • Desire, wish; यो दुर्जनं वशयितुं तनुते मनीषाम् (yo durjanam vashayitum tanute manisham)[2]
  • Intelligence, wisdom, understanding; अतः साधोऽत्र यत् सारं मनुद्धृत्य मनीषया (atah sadhotra yat saaram manuddhartya manishya); प्रविभज्य पृथङ्मनीषया स्वगुणं यत्किल तत्करिष्यसि (pravibhajya prathamanishya svagunam yatkila tatkarishyasi)[2]
  • In Rigveda as hymn, praise, prayer.
  • A thoughtfulness, reflection, idea, notion.

Whereas, according to Marathi-English dictionary, Manisha (मनीषा) means wish or desire.


  1. ^ "Manisha Name Meaning, About Bengali Girl Name Manisha". Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  2. ^ a b (2018-07-31). "Manisha, Manīṣā: 11 definitions". Retrieved 2021-06-13.