[Advaita-l] The pada called *bhagavatpAda*
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Thu Jul 19 00:22:03 CDT 2012
A small correction:
Shankarāchārya is called Bhagavadpādaha and not Bhagavadshiraha.
Here, the word pAda doesn't imply the feet. Scholars are addressed with respect
in those days as bhagavAn / pAda etc. Shri Abhinava Gupta of Kashmir was
respectfully addressed as *abhinava gupta pAda*. Similarly, mimAmsakAs
were respectfully addressed as *bhATTa pAda*.
On the similar lines, Sankara was addressed with respect and adored sometimes
as *bhagavAn* and sometimes addressed as *pAda*.
So, bhagavan+pAda became *bhagavatpAda*. It is a mark of respect shown to scholars.
Nothing associated with feet of puruSa.
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