Venkatesh or Vyankatesh ? and Why?
vijay_naik1010 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jan 6 00:15:59 CST 2003
||AUM namo bhagavate vAsuDevAya||
Many thanks for the replies.
Please note that this name doesn't appear in "Vishnu
SahastranAma".That's why I have query about it.
I have one referance to the name Venkatesh:
Padma Puran has a full length episode as to how Vishnu
re-emerged as Venkatesh.
Anybody has specific details about the name
'Venkatesh' from Padma-Purana?
Secondly, is it a tadbhav roop of "Vaikunthesh" - the
Lord of Vaikuntha?
Like : SaMskrit 'Vishnu' - Pali 'ViNNHu' - Marathi
'Vitthalu' - 'Vitthal' of Pandharpur...
In South India the Lord is called as "Venkatesh"
whereas in north He is called as "Vyankatesh".
If it would refer to his Curly hair it would have been
'Vaikuntaleshwara' - 'Kuntal' means Hair.
--- "D.V.N.Sarma" <narayana at HD1.VSNL.NET.IN> wrote: >
On 4 Jan 2003 at 12:19, Ravi wrote:
> > On Thu, 2 Jan 2003 16:40:47 -0500, Jaldhar H. Vyas
> > <jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM> wrote:
> > >On Mon, 30 Dec 2002, Vijay Naik wrote:
> > >
> > >> What is the meaning of Venkat?
> > >>
> > >
> > >It refers to His curly hair.
> > >
> > >--
> > I am not sure if the above is correct. The two
> standard explanations I
> > have heard are:
> > 1. vEm + kaTa + iishvara
> > This is a part Tamil and part Sanskrit word. vEm
> in Tamil means dry or hot
> > and kaTam means forest. The hills are called
> vEnkaTam because of the type
> > of dry forest that dominates the mountains. Hence,
> Lord situated on the
> > hills is known as vEnkaTEshvara. The hill itself
> is called as
> > thiruvEnkaTam, vEnkaTaachala, vEnkaTaadri, etc.
> And he is referred to as
> > vEnkaTaachala nilayaa, shrii vEnkaTaa nivaasaa (
> see suprabhaatam shrii
> > vEnkaTa nivaasaaya shriinivaasaaya mangaLam). In
> this explanation the
> > Lord gets the name after the location. It should
> be noted that thiruppathi
> > is a traditional Tamil Land, even though it is in
> Andhra Pradesh in the
> > modern independent India; and vEnkaTa is a *tamil*
> I remember that kADu is the tamil word for forest.
> I did not find the meaning dry for the word vEM in
> small tamil dictionary (visvanAtha piLLai) I have.
> > 2. vem + kaTa + iishvara
> > This is a pure sanskrit form. Sanskrit has only
> one "e" (which is same as
> > Tamil "E"). vem means sin, kaTa is to destroy. And
> shrii venkaTeshvara is
> > one who destroys the sins of his devotees. If you
> search bhakti-list, you
> > will find a sanskrit definition of this meaning.
> In this case, the hill
> > gets its name after the lord.
> > He also shows his hand at knee level denoting that
> he will destroy the
> > sins of the devotees and make the deep samsara
> saagara as a shallow as
> > knee deep water to cross over.
> > My 2c.
> > ravi at ambaa.org
> > ------------------------------
> > End of ADVAITA-L Digest - 3 Jan 2003 to 5 Jan 2003
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