A Sanskrit term shloka (श्लोक; also spelt sloka) specifically denotes a metered and often rhymed poetic verse or phrase. Sanskrit (sa संस्कृता वाक् saṃskṛtā vāk, for short sa संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam) is a historical Shloka is the chief metre used in the Epics. It also connotes and has come to mean a proverb and a form of prayer throughout Indian religions having arisen in the Vedas. Indian religions, also called Dharmic religions, are the related religious traditions that originated in the Indian subcontinent, namely Hinduism, "Veda" redirects here For other uses see Veda (disambiguation. Shloka has become equated with Hindu prayer and is often comparable to a proverb and hymn of praise to be sung or chanted in liturgy. Prayer or worship is considered to be an integral part of the Hindu way of living A proverb (from the Latin proverbium) also called a byword or nayword, is a simple and concrete Saying popularly known and repeated A hymn is a type of Song, usually religious specifically written for the purpose of praise adoration or Prayer, and typically addressed to a deity/deities Shloka are generally composed in a specified meter, typically part of stotras. In Poetry, the meter or metre is the basic rhythmic structure of a verse. In Hinduism a Stotra is a hymn of praise These hymns praise aspects of the divine such as Devi, Siva, or Vishnu. The most common form in classical (post-Vedic) poetry is the anustubh, a verse of four padas (feet), each of eight syllables. The main principle of Vedic meter is measurement by the number of syllables A syllable ( Greek:) is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds Anustubhs are the primary verse form of the Sanskrit epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Sanskrit (sa संस्कृता वाक् saṃskṛtā vāk, for short sa संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam) is a historical The Rāmāyaṇa ( Devanāgarī: sa रामायण is an ancient Sanskrit epic attributed to the Hindu sage ( Maharishi) Valmiki Use of anustubhs became prevalent to the point of "shloka" often being used as a synonym of "anustubh". The traditional view is that this form of verse occurred to Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, on seeing a hunter shoot down one of two birds in love.