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marīcikā (मरीचिका) means mirage.

https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mar%C4%ABcik%C4%81&iencoding=deva&lang=sans&action=Search

Mirage means an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved or illusory appearance of water in a desert


Mirage is an illusion. My doubt is whether the name mArIcha (मारीच), a demon in Raamayana, adopted by Sage Valmiki from the word marīcikā (मरीचिका), for indicating his character as an illusion?

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  • What makes you think so? – Sarvabhouma Jun 22 '19 at 14:25
  • @Sarvabhouma: Mirage is an illusion. And, the Sage Valmiki might have adopted the name mArIcha, whose form as a deer is an illusion. That is my guessing. – Srimannarayana K V Jun 22 '19 at 14:32

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