Soma in Vedas

Vidyasankar vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 13 12:25:40 CDT 2002

>Soma means Moon. Uma is the name for Parvati. How Moon got the name Soma I
>can't say. siva is Somasekhara, because He has Moon in His head (hair)!
>Swamy SV

One has to be careful with words, how they are derived and what they mean.
soma = moon, with a short "a" at the end of soma. It is not derived as sa +
uma. Indeed, umA has a long "a" vowel sound.

Siva is also called somAskanda, i.e. sa + umA + skanda, when depicted
together with Parvati and Karttikeya. This derivation is different from the
name somashekhara.


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