anumula at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 14 23:09:03 CDT 2004
Thanks to Mr. Jaldhar Vyas for explaining the sakhas issue which I raised
earlier. I would however request any of the members to give the names of at
least some of the sakhas other than Krishna Yajurveda.
A friend of mine sent me the following regarding worship of Ganesha. I will
be grateful for comments from the very erudite members of this group.
"When we go to Ganesh temples we hold the left ear by the right arm and the
right ear by the left arm and kneel several times (in odd numbers). This is
generally known as "thoppikkaranam." in Tamil.This was also prescribed
sometimes as a punishment to children, in past !
Those interested to know its etymology. Here it is.
It has come from Sanskrit "dorbhiaam-karnam grihiitvaa" meaaning holding the
ear with two arms; dorbhihkarnam got changed as thoppikkaranam.
For the usage of the word dorbhi see the following vaagdevii vandana -
dorbhiryuktaa chaturbhisphaTikamaNimayImakSamaalaaM dadhAnA
hastenaikena padmaM shukamapi cha kare pustakaM chaapareNa.
bhAsA ku.nde.ndu sha.nkhasphaTika maNi nibhA bhAsamAnA samAnA
devii vaagdevateyaM nivasatu vadane sarvadaa suprasannaa
"dorbhiryuktA chaturbhiH" means having four arms."
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