Identity of placename Mohapaata?

Madhav M. DEshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Tue Jul 30 04:37:31 UTC 2002

Just spoke to a Mr. Palnitkar here in Detroit.  He confirms that his family
is from the village of Mohapaa.daa near Panvel (near Mumbai).  The copyist
of my ms, Hari Pa.lni.tkar must be one of his great great grand
uncles.  This is our Sanskritized Mohapaata.  Best,

Madhav Deshpande

--On Monday, July 29, 2002, 11:30 AM -0400 Madhav Deshpande
<mmdesh at> wrote:

> 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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