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From: V.Srimahavishnu (vsri_at_iitk.ac.in)
Date: Sun May 23 1999 - 01:34:36 PDT

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On Sat, 22 May 1999 Smt Sugantha Jagannthan wrote:
> 
> What is the meaning of  Suklaam bharatharam vishnum.Does the first two
> verses of sahasranamam refer to lord vinayaga or vishnu.Some people say that
> Suklam baratharam vishnum stotram refers to ganesa
          
      Dear Smt Sugantha,
               
               namaskArams.

         I have seen many people pronouncing it as "ShuklAm baradharam". But it
 is to be pronounced as "SuklAmbaradharam". Here SuklAmbaram means white
 clothing. As most of us know, ShuklA is a typical UP brahmin name and
there is no god ShuklA who is also "baradharan"!
 
       Now it does not refer to GaNESa in SV prayers. It refers to
VishvaksEna, the commander-in-chief of BhagavAn.The very second SlOka
before starting VSN pArAyaNam says "yasyadvirada vaktrAdyAh" which refers
to a dviradavaktra or elephant-headed nitya sUri called gajavaktran with
two teeth. On the other hand, VinAyaka is Ekadantan. 
                
                                                adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan
                                                  V.Srimahavishnu