[Advaita-l] Vishva-mitra and not Vishvaa-mitra

Subrahmanian, Sundararaman V [FI] sundararaman.v.subrahmanian at citigroup.com
Fri Jun 24 08:14:20 CDT 2005

True.  For example, how does padma + vatI become padmAvatI it should be padmavatI.  So also there are some exceptions where the "a" elongates.  Another example is puShpAvatI.  I am not sure if it happens only with "matup" (vatup here) possessive endings.  The exceptions (apavAdAH) are listed in one of Panini's sutras.  I can get the number if you are serious about it.  Otherwise, the below explanation from ProfVK should be sufficient to get you going.



From: V. Krishnamurthy (view other messages by this author) 
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 05:51:14 


This is in reply to Praveen Bhatt's question.
I have read in one of Kanchi Mahaswamigal's lectures that
it is only Vishva-mitra; but by a peculiar freak of
grammatical exception it has become Vishvaamitra.  In fact,
he gives in that lecture a few more examples of such
grammatical freaks, but I don't remember it now.

PraNAms to all seekers of Truth.


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