Original Sanskrit Names Of Places

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Common Name Sanskrit Origin(3)

Syria (Suria) Sura

Assyria Asura

Canaan Kanha

Galilee Gawalaya

Nazareth Nandrath

Russia Russiya(4)

Moscow (Moskva) Moksa

Siberia Shibireeya(5)

Soviet Svet(6)

Caspian Sea Kasyap

Prussia (Germany) Pra-Russiya(7)

Hungary Shringeri(8)

Budapest Buddhaprastha(9)

Austria Astriya(10)

Vienna (Vindoban) VrindabanPoland (11)

Scandinavia Skanda-simha

Sweden (Sverige) Swarge

Norway (Norge) Narka

Greece (Macedonia) Maha-Sadaneeya

Italy Etaly

Etruria Atruria

Rome (Roma) Rama

Milan (Milano) Milan

Verona Varuna

Spain Spand

Madrid Madri

Portugal Puratah

France Pravar

Marseilles Marichalayas

Verseilles Vareshalayas

Paris (Parisorium) Parameswarium

Angul Angulisthan(12)

Britain Brihat-Sthan

London (Londonium) Nandonium

Thames River Tamas

Stonehenge Stavankunj

Woodhenge Vanakunj

Salisbury Shaileshpury

Ireland Aryasthan

Iran Iranam(13)

Baghdad BhagwadNagar

Arabia (Arbasthan) Arvastha

nÆgypt Ajapati(14)

Rhodesia Rhid-desh(15)

Ethiopia Abyssinia

Nama Land Nama

Mauritius Marichas

Guatemala Guatamalaya

Japan (Nippon) Nipun(16)

Korea Gauriya

Malaysia Malaya

Singapore Simhapur

Manchuria Manjushri

Bali BaliBurma


Australia Astralaya(17)

Kandhar in Afghanistan (Gandhar)

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1 Shyamasundara Dasa

The vast majority of these, with a few exceptions like Kandhar, Singapore Caspian Sea are completely bogus and spring from the fertile imagination of people like P.N. Oak.

To illustrate Rome was named after its founder Romulus, Assyria was named after the goddess Ashur, France after the Franks a Germanic tribe, Milan from the latin Mediolanum, Rhodesia was named after the Englishman Cecil Rhodes, the list goes on.

As Walter Clark said: “… by popular but antiquated discussions in the pursuit of will-o’-the-wisps of etymologies. Anything can be proved by the judicious use of etymologies and the fortuitous resemblances of words from different languages.”

This text is an embarrassment and should never have seen the light of day on Dandavatas.

Dasa dasa anu dasa

Shyamasundara Dasa


krsne matirastu

The Sandalwood and Peacocks of Ophir by Walter Eugene Clark from The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Jan.,1920), pp. 103-119 Published by: The University of Chicago Press

Comment posted by Shyamasundara Dasa on March 3rd, 2013
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Hare Krishna!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

There was Russian scientist Lomonosov (1711-1765) who argued - when german so called scientists had agenda to undermine russian culture with arguments - that best elements of russian culture and russian names came from “advanced” western culture and german language. Lomonosov answered - So, that means that russian BARAN (ram) came from german BARON…

About 2 decades ago, I have personal discussions with HG Gopiparanadhana prabhu - about tendency to show and prove different linguistic connections between vedic and local cultures in historical aspect. And HG Gopiparanadhana prabhu said strictly - “… even do not try to prove something what is not scientifically approvable”. So - May be there are connections, but may be not. Let it be. But if you will start to prove - and this will be false - you will lose any credibility.

Therefore - dear Premanjana prabhu, and dear Editors of Dandavats - do not lose credibility. If you will put just one word - similarities, or theory, or idea of origin - in the name of article, instead of just - ORIGIN - then it will be discutable, But now - it is like it is - EMBARASSMENT.

The real connections of words should be analised in complexes of cultural elements. For example - latvian dainas:

sayAyuSi bramanISi zila kalna galiNA
sakAruSi zobentiNus svEta koka zariNA

There are 3 cultural elements:
bramanISi and zobentiNi - brahmanas with swords
zilais kalns - blue mountain
svEts koks - holy tree

This daina is preChristian time (before - 10 century). Brahmanas with swords - its fenomenon in connection with paraSurAMa lineage (one can not find such element somewhere else in history of culture out of the story of paraSurAma - brahmanas with swords), and elements of worship - holy mountains and holy trees - they also are vedic by epitets (but not only vedic - other nonvedic cultures had such elements).

Therefore one can make claim - that this word - bramanISi is the same as brahmanas from sanskrit. This is just one example. But this is not PROOF.

Nataraja dasa

Comment posted by Nataraja dasa on March 3rd, 2013

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