Saturday, March 21, 2009

Is it Ram or Rama (pronounciation)

Considerable debate has yielded no conclusive response on the real spelling/interpretation of the Hindu diety and warrior. Descendents of northern and western india suggest that the name is Ram and should rather be pronounced as Ram. Indians from the southern region sugest and use the name as Rama and to be pronounced as Ramaa. In fact wikipedia does so too.


The issue seems to be the way in which words are transliterated in sanskrit. Rama refers to the pronounciation with an emphasis on "m" rather than as "maa". The pronounciation as aa in sanskrit has a dash on a which is missing in Rama. Hence in english though the spelling Rama could be correct (as per the sanskrit transliteration), it should still be pronounced as Ram.

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