nAraNa_n, the tamil word for nArAyaNa (was: Vishnu)

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 14 16:48:49 UTC 2000

Thanks, Ganesan. This has been educative, but I couldn't find
naalikam in the online Tamil lexicon, at

nAL, nAl, nal etc. were listed, but nothing turned up under the
spellings naalika, naalaka, nAlaka, nAlika, nor under the same
entries with the letter m added at the end.

>Gowda-Emeneau is right to point out -aNa in sAyaNa as Drav.
>Do you think they are not Tamil?

I think it is right to derive it from Dravidian roots. Emeneau
and Gowda do cite Burnell and Cowell. But perhaps, it is not
right to link -aNa to -aNNa as in elder brother?

>ago. Has he? Foll. Burnell-Cowell, sAyaNa is Dravidian.
>Note the tamil cognate cAy- = 'reclining', 'sleeping stretched
>out the limbs'; Also, it has the meaning: to grow thin, to be

The only problem is that k/c => z does not explain s in
the name sAyaNa, which was never written as zAyaNa.

Best regards,

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