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From: K. Srinivasan (
Date: Sat Oct 24 1998 - 10:35:25 PDT

saaRu = juice (example pazha saaRu = fruit juice).

maRai is the Tamil equivalent of vEdam.

amudhu means simply food (very ancient word), actually (sweetness, tasty
are also implied).
(Those who do not know Tamil try to derive it from Amrutham).

saaRu + maRai  = essense of the vedham = saaRRumaRai (slanged as
saaRu + amudhu = essense of food = saaRRamudhu (slanged as saathamdhu)

In Tamil region today, almost every body other than SriVaishnavas use
the Sanskrit word Rasam,
while Kannada and Telugu region the word saaRu is the most common.


Srinivasan K