Friday, August 01, 2008

ETYMOLOGY - AGASTHYA

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.

2 comments:

vasuki said...

perfect meaning

vasuki said...

very apt meaning.