Atithi Devo Bhava is an ancient Sanskrit phrase from Hindu scriptures that equates guests with God. Meaning and significance of Atithi Devo Bhava is hidden in the Sanskrit term ‘Atithi.’
Atithi is a combination of two words – A + tithi – it means one who arrives without prior notice of a day. Atithi is an unexpected guest. Tithi is the term used for a day as per Hindu calendar and panchang.
Meaning and significance of the phrase is that even an unexpected guest should be treated like God. So imagine how we should be treating an expected guest.
All guests should be treated with love and respect. They should be invited with a broad smile. If we are unable to prepare an elaborate meal, we should share what is at home with courtesy and warmth.