Wednesday, June 23, 2010

vishvanAtha - विश्वनाथ

  • meaning = lord (nAtha) of the universe (vishva)
  • pronunciation = vi-shwa-naa-th
  • ITRANS = vishvanAtha.
  • common english spelling = vishwanath.
    technically, sanskrit letter is pronounced like 'w' (labial, lips rounded and sounded as oo + uh) and not like 'v' (fricative, lower lip under upper teeth). but traditional spellings have been using v AND w in the spelling, that is just tradition. that is why, ITRANS, the initial attempts at using roman characters to map sanskrit letters, recognizes BOTH v and w for the sound, since there IS NO v sound in sanskrit.
  • gender = male
    1. vishvesha (m) = vishva (universe)+ iisha (lord) = universe + lord = shiva
    2. vishveshvara (m) = vishva (universe)+ iishvara (lord) = universe + lord = shiva
  • famous names =

    Viswanathan Anand - (above) the forever surprising and awesome grandmaster of chess

    Gundappa Viswanath, famous cricketer.

    Mokshagundam_Visvesvarayya, (above) the visionary architect and engineer of karNATaka state (erstwhile mysore kingdom) who lived for 102 years.

    Viswanatha Satyanarayana, famous telugu poet

    Divakar Viswanath mathematician

    viswanatha swamy temple - kerala temple

    kashi vishwanath temple - famous shiva temple in kAshI (vArANasI) 
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  1. Hi shashi,

    Chanced upon this website...good work..sujatha srinivasan...Cl.