Tuesday, August 05, 2008

ETYMOLOGY - From Sanskrit to English

Sanskrit - aham = ah + am. Remove am = ah = I of English

Sanskrit - vayam = vi + am. Remove am = vi = we of English

Sanskrit - tvam = tu + am. Remove am = tu of old English e.g. ye tu Brutus

Sanskrit - yuuyam = yuu + am. Remove am = yuu = you of English

Sanskrit - idam = id + am Remove am = id = it of English

Sanskrit - they = they of English

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Every Hindu knows that Shiva is called Rudra. But very few know the meaning of this word.
Recently I was fortunate to have its meaning quoted from Shivapurana 6-9-14 as given below:

Rur duhkham duhkha hetum va
tad dravayati yah prubhuh
rudra ityucyate tasmat
Sivah paramakaranam.

Meaning - rur is sorrow or the reason for getting sorrow. The lord who destroys that is called
rudrah who is shiva.

Friday, August 01, 2008


Agasthya is the first Aryan sage who crossed over the Vindhya mountain to settle in South India. His original name is kumbha-sambhava or who came out of a pot. He is also said to be of short stature.

According to mythology, the Vindhya mountain used to grow up and up and if allowed to grow up Mount Kailash would lose its importance as the tallest and abode of gods. So Gods selected Agasthya and sent him to subdue Vindhya. Normally those who are experts in climbing are short in stature. For example the sherpas who help those who want to climb Mt. Everest.

When climbing a mountain, it would appear that the mountain is growing up as if to frustrate the climber. After such an experience, Agasthya put his foot down on the mountain and ordered that it should no grow till his return from the south.

Etymologically the word agasthya has come from - agam sthyayathi ithi agasthyah. One who stays the mountain. aga means a mountain. na gacchati iti agah.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Thiruchendur in South India is famous for the temple dedicated to lord Subrahmanya. Very few know the meaning of this word. It has to be split as thiru-sindhu-uur which became Thiruchendur. Thiru stands for Shri. sindhu stands for ocean and uur for place. In Sanskrit sinhu mans ocean. This place stands on the edge of the ocean.

Adi Shankaracharya in his devotional song subrahmanya bhujangam uses the word sindhu-desha meaning lord of Thiruchendur.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


There are various meanings going round for this word. One is ANNA meaning high. But I am giving here the correct meaning.

Thiru is used in all Tamil names meaning Shri. Thiru-aruna-malai became Thiruvannamalai. Aruna means red.which is the colour of the rising sun. malai means mountain. This mountain viewed from a distance looks red. This has been formed by a volcanic eruption.