From Sanskrit दर्शन (darśana, “vision”), from a root दृष- (dṛś, “to see”).
darshan (countable and uncountable, plural darshans)
- (Hinduism, Buddhism) Hierophany, theophany; being in the presence of the divine or holy (as a person or object).
2002, S. Brent Plate, Religion, Art, and Visual Culture: A Cross-Cultural Reader, ISBN 0-312-24003-1, page 171:
- A common sight in India is a crowd of people gathered in the courtyard of a temple or at the doorway of a streetside shrine for the darshan of the deity.
2006, Linda Hess, chapter 8, in The Life of Hinduism, page 183:
- Hindus take darshan of a holy person, object, or place, believing that its mere presence, particularly the sight of it, conveys blessings.
2007, Editors of Hinduism Today, What Is Hinduism?: Modern Adventures Into a Profound Global Faith, page 151:
- When approaching a soul who is known to give darshan, be in the same area of the superconscious mind that you feel he must be in.