"Saisha" as the name of a goddess?

Herman Tull hwtull at MSN.COM
Mon Mar 8 11:57:21 EST 2010


"ka" is perhaps the best known pronoun to undergo this sort of 
transformation.  But, one doesn't hear of many children with this name.

Herman Tull

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Subject: Re: "Saisha" as the name of a goddess?

> Naciketas / Naciketā  <   na ciketa,  --  well he learned something...
>
> sāman = sā + ama   : sā = eye,  ama = mind   (in Brahmana texts,  ChU 
> 1.7.1)
>
> ...
>
> MW
>
> On Mar 8, 2010, at 11:22 AM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
>
>> ko jānāti?
>>
>>
>> On 8 March 2010 15:39, Deshpande, Madhav <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Dear Indologists,
>>>
>>> Recently I met a Brahmin family from Karnataka who have a newborn 
>>> daughter
>>> named "Saisha".  They asked me what the word means.  I could not  think 
>>> of a
>>> Sanskrit word close to "Saisha."  Then the grandfather said that  this 
>>> is a
>>> name of goddess Lakshmi used in a Sanskrit stotra popular among 
>>> followers of
>>> Ramanuja.  The line from the stotra he recited was:  saiṣā devī
>>> sakala-bhuvana-prārthanā-kāmadhenuḥ.  It was immediately  apparent to me 
>>> that
>>> the "Saisha" was simply sā eṣā, and not a name of the goddess,  but I 
>>> was not
>>> able to convince the grandfather of the child, who fervently  argued 
>>> that
>>> "Saisha" was an authentic name of the goddess.  I wonder if others  have 
>>> come
>>> across similar examples.
>>>
>>> Madhav
>>>
>>> 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, Michigan 48104-1608, USA
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