Identity of placename Mohapaata?

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Mon Jul 29 15:30:17 UTC 2002

Mumbai is often rendered as Mohamayii, yes.  Ahmedabad is rather too far
away from the town of Panvel, near south Bombay on the mainland.  I have
been looking at the local district maps, and there are several towns with
names like Parsipada, Umberpada, and Jambaltulpada.  The one likely
candidate for Mohapaata seems to be a town called Murbad near the city of
Kalyan near Mumbai.  I will see if I can get hold of more detailed maps in
our university library.  Best,

                              Madhav Deshpande

--On Monday, July 29, 2002 6:38 PM +0300 Asko Parpola
<Asko.Parpola at HELSINKI.FI> wrote:

> Madhav Deshpande wrote:
>> Dear List Members,
>>      I am working on a 200 year old Sanskrit manuscript of a text called
>> Vedavicaara.  This particular manuscript was copied by a Marathi pundit
>> named Hari Vishnu Palnitkar.  He describes himself as
>> "mohapaatainvaasin", resident of Mohapaata.  From other references to
>> this individual in Marathi documents, we know that he came from the
>> vicinity of the town of Panwel near Bombay.  I am wondering about the
>> identity of Mohapaata, obviously a Sanskritization of a local village or
>> town name.  Any suggestions on what the original Marathi place name
>> might be?  Thanks.
>>                                 Madhav Deshpande
> Could Mohapaata be Mohabbatnagar = Motaagaon north of Ahmedaabaad (c 24o
> 57' 72o 38')? see R. Stroobandt, Epigraphical find-spots (Corpus
> topographicum Indiae antiquae, 1), Gent 1974, pp. 47a and 102a and
> sheet no. 7 S.I no. 45 and appendix map no. 1.

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