"Saisha" as the name of a goddess?

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Mar 8 11:44:51 EST 2010


Naciketas / Naciketā  <   na ciketa,  --  well he learned something...

sāman = sā + ama   : sā = eye,  ama = mind   (in Brahmana texts,  
ChU 1.7.1)

...

MW

On Mar 8, 2010, at 11:22 AM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:

> ko jānāti?
>
>
> On 8 March 2010 15:39, Deshpande, Madhav <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
>
>> Dear Indologists,
>>
>> Recently I met a Brahmin family from Karnataka who have a newborn  
>> daughter
>> named "Saisha".  They asked me what the word means.  I could not  
>> think of a
>> Sanskrit word close to "Saisha."  Then the grandfather said that  
>> this is a
>> name of goddess Lakshmi used in a Sanskrit stotra popular among  
>> followers of
>> Ramanuja.  The line from the stotra he recited was:  saiṣā devī
>> sakala-bhuvana-prārthanā-kāmadhenuḥ.  It was immediately  
>> apparent to me that
>> the "Saisha" was simply sā eṣā, and not a name of the goddess,  
>> but I was not
>> able to convince the grandfather of the child, who fervently  
>> argued that
>> "Saisha" was an authentic name of the goddess.  I wonder if others  
>> have come
>> across similar examples.
>>
>> Madhav
>>
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
>> Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
>> 202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
>> The University of Michigan
>> Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1608, USA
>> ________________________________________
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Michael Witzel
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Dept. of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Harvard University
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