Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More on 'pinnai'.


This word meaning ‘younger sister’ has been mentioned

to indicate different persons

In Tamil encyclopedia “ChoodaamaNi Nigandu”.

It must be interpreted in tune with the context in which this word is used.

Pinnai is another name of Goddess Lakshmi.

It is because she was the later born in the churning of the milky ocean.

When Andaal said “nappinnai nangaai, thiruvE”

she equated her (nappinnai) with this pinnai, Lakshmi.

Pinnai also indicates Sita, the daughter of Janaka.

It was because Sita was the later born of the earth.

Earth came into existence and

Sita came into existence after earth.

But wherever the word



pinnai maNaaLan’

was used,

it had meant



implying that

he was the husband of Nappinnai!

So, by and far, pinnai means Nappinnai only.

The other names must be understood as per context

and not confused with


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