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aiyan in Telugu

From: Maruthi Pavan (maruthi84_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Feb 21 2002 - 05:23:20 PST

Dear Sri Venkatesan,

Yes the word 'aiyya' in telugu ( 'aiyan' in Tamil )
is a word of respect to a highly revered person. The
word ending with 'n' is unique to Tamil and thus I
feel that its 'aiyan'. ( aiyya + n ) or the reverse (
aiyan - n = aiyya in Telugu ).

Even before this discussion, from long time ago, I
used to equate this word 'aiyangar' to aiyya + gaaru
in Telugu. I am glad that it turns out to be correct
from these discussions I had been reading.

I A.P., many srivaishnavaite archakas and scholars are
reffered to with the word 'aiyya gaarlu' ( plural ).

Jai Sriman Narayana.

Maruthi Ramanuja Das



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