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Subject: Re: MEANING OF MY NAME
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest, 192.12.12.246)
Date: April 17, 2012 at 11:27:34 AM
Reply to: MEANING OF MY NAME by NIRMALA
When you post to a site, you should read the instructions about how to post. In particular, when you ask about a name on this site, you should provide as much detail as you know: (a) the gender of the name, (b) the ethnic, linguistic, or religiious background of the name, (c) the spelling as in the preferred script of the language where the name originates. Also please write in full English sentences for ease of communication, and use a computer/keyboard that can type mixed case for painless reading.

There is an old Sanskrit verb mlai, first of whose recorded uses (in the rigveda) was in the context of tanning leather, but soon after the uses seemed to imply a meaning of faded or withered, or decayed, which might also have been its original meaning. The word mala which may be related to this root, meant filth, impurity or bodily excretions (related to Greek μἐλασ or Latin mălus etc.). The particle nis/nir indicated the senses of away, out of etc., so nirmala means pure, sinless, clean, or free from impurity. It is attested as a name of a divine figure already in the late Vedic period.

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