Re: [INDOLOGY] MM. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri's saṁskāra name

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Sun May 8 22:09:56 UTC 2016

Dear Palaniappan,

This is interesting.  At my Upanayana ceremony in Pune, when I was 8 year
old, I was told to say the following greeting to the teacher/priest:  ...
mādhavaśarmā aham abhivādaye.  The addition of Śarman to my first name was
supposed to indicate my Brahmin family background.  That added part
"--śarman" was not used elsewhere.  I have not heard of -varmā as a part of
the Saṃskāra-name among Brahmins, but there must be regional variations.

Madhav Deshpande

On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan via INDOLOGY <
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> Subject: MM. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri's saṁskāra name
> In his obituary of MM. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri, V. Raghavan says,
> “Kuppuswami by the popular name and Venkatavarma by his Saṁskāra-name, he
> was the fourth son of Seturama Ayyar…” (New Indian Antiquary, April, 1944,
> p.17. The link was given by Manu Francis in another post). How common is
> ‘varma' as a part of the Saṁskāra-name of Brahmins?
> Thanks in advance
> Regards,
> Palaniappan

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA

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