*Dharma* has been defined as -
*Dharmo mata pita chaiv dharmo bandhuh suhritathaa .
Dharmah swargasya dharmaatswargamavapyate.*
It means, Religion is the mother, religion is the father and religion is true friend. Religion is the stair-case to heaven and through religion heaven is achieved.
The word *Dharma* is made by *Dhri*, dhatu (substance) plus *Ghyan* (introspection) whose meaning is ever safe, helping and adopted, accepting precious etc.
It is said about Dharma -
*Dharyate janairiti dharma*
It means whatever is practiced by a man is called Dharma.
Religion is not a sanskrit word . The word dharma is not same as religion . There no Synonym of the word religion in sanskrit language . Dharma means duty .