Re: [INDOLOGY] Saṃmatu

Martin Gansten martingansten at
Fri Jul 3 07:03:51 UTC 2020

Thank you, Nagaraj. The manuscript in question is in Devanagari and 
belongs, according to the label, to the Lal Chand library at DAV 
College, Chandigarh, so I doubt if the scribe was a South Indian. I may 
add that it is a few centuries old, dated 1644 CE, though the label says 
सं १९०१ (for १७०१) by mistake.

A web search for संमतु turns up a very limited number of hits, but the 
first one is similar in context to 'my' manuscript:
  इति श्री उत्तरकॉड सम्पूरण मसतु सुभमसुत ॥ संमतु ॥ 1860 ॥ मिती पौछ की 
इकादसी थित। वार शुकर ॥
This is from a book entitled भारतीय भाषाओं में रामकथा (पंजाबी भाषा), so 
perhaps we are looking at a northwestern rather than a southern phenomenon?


Den 2020-07-03 kl. 00:57, skrev Nagaraj Paturi:
> Halanta words changing into ajanta words during borrowing is typically 
> a feature of South Indian languages. That ending vowel being u is 
> typically a Telugu feature.
> Samvat is pronounced as close to Samvatu with the lat vowel being 
> nearlly u in Telugu and some other south Indian languages.
> But Samvatu changing into Sammati is uncommon in educated 
> pronunciation. But possible in the case of a scribe being rustic.
> Possible in a Telugu inscription or manuscript.
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 6:38 PM Martin Gansten via INDOLOGY 
> <indology at <mailto:indology at>> wrote:
>     I just encountered the word /saṃmatu /at the end of a (Sanskrit
>     Devanagari) manuscript where I would have expected /saṃvat/. I
>     haven't seen it before and wonder if colleagues have -- perhaps it
>     is a NIA form?
>     Best wishes,
>     Martin Gansten
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