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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Thu Mar 25 1999 - 15:13:33 PST
Dear Sri Narasimhan : (1)The name Vishanvam is of Vedic origin . The name is referred to in Rg Vedam first , the oldest of VedAs .The exact quotation is "Gaam gathasya tava dhAma VaishNavam ". The effulgence of the Lord ( Svayam Jyothi) is being saluted here .He is param JyOthi . (2)The nigantu explanation is " VishNurdEvathAsya tasyEdham vaa aNN) or that relates to VishNu . (3)It is also the noun of the asterism "SravaNaa". SravaNam is VishNu's constellation ( SravaNa VenkatEsan ). Although SravaNa nakshthram is the celebrated constellation assoicated with Him , we have to remember the slOkam used by the AarAdhakar at Ahobila matam before ThiruvArAdhanam : Thithir VishNus tathA vaara: Nakshathram VishNurEva cha yOgasccha karanam chaiva SARVAM VISHNU MAYAM JAGATH (4)Vaishnavam also means the celestial residence of MahA VishNu (i-e) VaikuNtam . (5)Finally , VaishNavam means the ashes of a burnt offering like in PurNAhUthi during a Vedic yAgam . I have written earlier under the 40 samskArAs of Hindus about those Yaagams , where cooked Havis is offered to Agni invoking devathAs , whose antharyAmi is MahA VishNu /Sriman naarAyaNA . We are back to Veda sambhandham now . Vaishnavam can not be understood without knowing about VaishNava lakshaNam .That is a deep subject beyond the scope of this short note . V.Sadagopan At 12:10 PM 3/24/99 +0530, you wrote: >HI All : >I am just curious, does anyone know how Vaishanava's Namam originated? and does it have any meaning? (as per any shastra or any text)? >Appreciate your cooperation> >-- >Krishna Narasimhan.