[INDOLOGY] dhudhurikā/ghughurikā

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Mon Aug 23 14:03:38 UTC 2021

A word in many modern Indian languages that comes phonetically close to
this is Ghungroo, the dancer's bells. I don't know if this will fit the
context of your text.  The other word is Ghāgar referring to a water pot.
Such words could possibly be Sanskritized as ghargharikā. Again the context
may or may not support any of these suggestions.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 6:50 AM Gaia Pintucci via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Thanks for all the replies both on and off-list.
> I am eager to hear any further input you might have on the nature of the
> nīvi/nīvī and related questions, but I would like to briefly zoom in on
> the word dhudhurikā.
> Come to think of it, in the manuscript in which I found it, gha and dha
> can't be clearly distinguished. (Actually, from a purely graphic point of
> view they *could*, but the scribe does not seem to use the graphic
> peculiarities of the two *akṣara*s with a purpose.) Therefore the word
> might be either dhudhurikā or ghughurikā.
> In this respect, in J.T. Platts' Urdū dictionary I see that the words
> ghagh[a]rā and ghagh[a]rī mean “a petticoat (= ghāghrā); a short frock”
> and that they should be related to the “S[anskrit] gharghara+kaḥ and
> gharghara+ikā” (p. 935 of the 2004 reprint). However, the meanings listed
> by Apte for ghargharaḥ, ghargharā and ghargharikā don't have much to do
> with "petticoat", see
> https://www.sanskrit-lexicon.uni-koeln.de/scans/AP90Scan/2014/web/webtc/servepdf.php?page=0477-a.
> (I might well be on a spectacularly wrong track.)
> Does anybody have any thoughts on dhudhurikā/ghughurikā? Can anybody
> figure out which language it is?
> All the very best,
> Gaia Pintucci
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