[INDOLOGY] Question?

Nathan McGovern nmcgover at fandm.edu
Mon Aug 3 11:26:16 EDT 2020

Dear Madhav,

There is a similar example in the name Sahampati given to one of the 
Brahmas who features in the Pali Canon. Przyluski argued that originally 
this must have been Sabhaapati ("lord of the assembly [of gods]"). See 
J. Przyluski, "Brahma Sahampati," /Journal Asiatique/ 205 (1924): 
155-163. I don't think he really explains *why* this nasal gets infixed, 
but he does summon several examples to show that it is not an isolated 


Nathan McGovern

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

On 8/3/2020 9:15 AM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY wrote:
> What is the source of the pattern in names like अन्नम्भट्ट, 
> कृष्णम्भट्ट, बालम्भट्ट etc?  This is very common in Maharashtra as 
> well.  Our family Purohita was one बाळंभटजी, and according to a 
> genealogy of our family transmitted to me by my father, our ancestor 
> 16 generations ago was someone named लुकंभट.  Where does this addition 
> of अम् come from?  I see this in names like Krishnamacharya and 
> Annamacharya.
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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