[INDOLOGY] Ahigavi?

Krishnaprasad G krishnaprasadah.g at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 03:06:26 UTC 2016

Dear Martin Gansten
This probably means
Vyakarana Mahabhasya which is written by Patanjali.
He is believed to be an incarnation of Shesharaj who is a bed of Lord
Vishnu. So Ahi means Snake. Gavi means his speech or Vanee. In Sanskrit gow
means cow and also speech. Here in this context the meaning is to be
considered as speech and derivative of the same would lead to this new word.
This is used by famous commentator Mallinatha in his Raghuvamsa etc at the
commencement of the same.
On Jan 22, 2016 9:16 PM, "Martin Gansten" <martin.gansten at pbhome.se> wrote:

> In a panegyrical reference to his guru in the *Hāyanaratna*, Balabhadra
> makes use of the word *ahigavī*:
> *atha natādīnām ānayanam uktaṃ
> sakalasiddhāntamaṇḍalīsaroviharaṇarājahaṃsagaṇitavidyācāturītāntrikapañcānanāhigavīpravīṇaiḥ
> śrīmadgurucaraṇaiḥ paddhaticintāmaṇau |*
> I'm inclined to understand it simply to mean 'planet', but I can't find
> this particular compound anywhere else, so I can't be sure. In light of
> everything else going on in this compound (there's half a zoo in there),
> I'd be grateful for any suggestions from the vidvāns on this list.
> Martin Gansten
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