Pronunciation of word final "a" in sanskrit

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 27 13:04:29 UTC 1999

Vishal wrote:
>They (and I) point out that
>these words are different from 'Hanuman' and 'Bhagvan' where there is a
>'Halant' at the last letter. However, by and large, Hindis do
>omit the last 'a'. This has lead most Hindis to make spelling errors
>while writing words like 'Hanuman' etc.

This is exactly my question: Why "BhagvAn" instead of "BhagavAn"?
Is the leaving out of intermediate "a"s also present in "Hindi"?

Thanks for your answer,
N. Ganesan

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