Amrita (Sanskrit: अमृत, IAST: amṛta), Amrit or Amata in Pali, (also called Sudha, Amiy, Ami) is a Sanskrit and Pali word that means “immortality”

It is a central concept within Indian religions and is often referred to in ancient Indian texts as a nectar

Its first occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is considered one of several synonyms for soma, the drink of the Devas

Amrita plays a significant role in the Samudra manthan, and is the cause of the conflict between Devas and Asuras competing for amrita to obtain immortality

Amrita has varying significance in different Indian religions

The word Amrit is also a common first name for Sikhs and Hindus, while its feminine form is Amritā

Amrita is cognate to and shares many similarities with ambrosia; both originated from a common Proto-Indo-European source