Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Rathas, Raattai and wheels in Lithuania

A tourist touches the feet of `Ardhanarishwara,' form of shiva at the five `rathas' complex at Mahabalipuram.
I happened to strike up a conversation with a tourist from Lithuania who was also interested in photography.
Here is a bit I thought was interesting.
What is a ratha, he wanted to know.
Chariot, I said.
In Lithuania, `ratha' means wheels, he said.
Wow. We have a word`Rattai,' which means a spinning wheel, I said.
In Lithuanian, ratha stands for all sorts of wheels. Also, the similarity could be because the root of Lithuanian is believed to be sanskrit, he added.
WOW.

5 comments:

terrywhatlee said...

Yes, the influences are remarkable and so widespread and complex.

2 such instances for me:

- Bratha in Sanskrit is Brother in English.

- A road here in Madison, Wisconsin, where I work is called Tokay Boulevard. Apparently, Tokay comes from the Native American tribal word for feathers. And Togai in Tamizh are feathers.

Surprising how the world can be so small and so large at the same time!

sathish said...

that is interesting..

ashok said...

very interesting...

Rajesh said...

what happened sir

R. Balaji said...

Hi Rajesh, sorry, due to various reasons I have not been able to blog regularly. Hope to catch up soon.