Shri (श्री ) is the sacred sound of cosmic auspiciousness and abundance in Hindu religion. Written as Sri or Shree or Sree or Shri, it stands for abundance, auspiciousness, affluence, grace, wealth, light, luster, splendor, beauty, loveliness and authority. The symbol has been used since Vedic times. Holiness is attached to the word when written or spoken. It is also added before a name to show respect.

Shri Assamese, BengaliDevanagariTelugu

KannadaMalayalamThai (pronounced Siri)

TamilPunjabiMalay (pronounced Seri)

Sri is also the sacred symbol of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The symbol is therefore written atop of ledgers and documents. Sri is used to address gods in Hindu pantheon, elders, Gurus, teachers, holy men and any individual. When addressing individuals, ‘Shriman’ is used to address male members and Shrimati is used address female members in a society.

Shri, (श्री) also transliterated as Sree or Sri or Shree is a word of Sanskrit origin, used in the Indian subcontinent as a polite form of address, or as a title of veneration for deities. Śri is used in most languages of the Indian subcontinent and Seri is used in most of the languages of southeast Asia.


Shri, along with the forms Srimati (for married women, equivalent to English Mrs.) andSushri, is often used by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains as a respectful affix to the names of celebrated or revered persons. The honorific can also be applied to objects and concepts that are widely respected, such as the Sikh religious text, the Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Similarly, when the Ramlila tradition of reenacting the Ramayana is referred to as an institution, the term Shri Ramlila is frequently used.

Shri GaneshShri

“The word ‘Shri’ means material auspiciousness. It has to be contrasted with ‘Om’, which is a primal sound, less material, more mystical. Shri is associated with wealth, bounty and affluence. When a man marries a woman, he becomes Shriman, a man with access to Shri, and his wife becomes Srimati, a woman with access to Shri, for in the Hindu scheme of things a man and woman have rights to material pleasures and wealth only after marriage. Traditionally, the word Shri is written on top of certificates, contracts and key documents. The word Shri is seen on top of wedding cards even today. It heralds prosperity and joy and good luck. Shri is another name for Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity.”

Shri (Devanagari: श्री, IAST; Śrī), also transliterated as Sree, Shri, Sri or Shree is a word of Sanskrit origin, used in the Indian subcontinent as a polite form of address equivalent to the English “Mr.” or “Ms.” in written and spoken language, or as a title of veneration for deities (usually translated as “Holy”).


Repetition : Shri may be repeated depending on the status of the person.

  • Sri : for anybody
  • Sri 2: Ravi Shankar
  • Sri 3: Title used by former Rana PMs of Nepal.
  • Sri 5: Title used by fromer King of Nepal ( e.g. Shri pānch ko sarkaar (His Majesty’s Government).
  • Sri 108: Used by spiritual leaders.
  • Sri 1008: Used by spritual leaders