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Re: Pronunciation of Brhama, Vahni, Jahnu, etc.

From: K. Srinivasan (
Date: Mon Apr 28 1997 - 09:38:45 PDT

>From: Mani Varadarajan <>
>No one has stepped forward to answer this question yet,
>so let me take a shot. I am no authority on Sanskrit phonetics,
>but I have always heard these words pronounced as "brum-ha",
>"van-hi", etc., with the "h" sound coming after the "m" sound.
>I recall reading elsewhere that originally these words may
>have been pronounced with the "h" sound coming first -- the
>old Greek transliterations of these words spell them as
>"braachmaNa", etc., implying that the "h" sound came *before*
>the "m". 
>Any Panini experts care to offer their opinion?

what (pronounced as 'hwat') is this about?