Talk:Shantanu

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Santanu or Shantanu?[edit]

Is the name of the focus of this article Santanu or Shantanu? If it's actually Shantanu, the page should be moved. jareha 20:32, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

"Shantanu" is the better transcription. It seems that some people on Wikipedia are consistently favoring transcriptions in which "sh" and "s" are merged. This is contrary to Sanskrit pronunciation and writing. I favor spellings like "Shantanua", "Dasharatha", "Kaushalya", "Shiva", "Krishna" etc. which distinguish between "s", on the one hand, and the two "sh" letters, on the other. This is still imperfect as the "sh" will stand for two sounds and letters that are distinuguished in Sanskrit, but it's still better than having three letters and sounds merged into a single "s". I suspect that those who favor using only "s" and not "sh" are native speakers of Indian languages in which all three sounds/letters are merged. Interlingua talk email 23:42, 18 November 2006 (UTC)
I agree with the opinion that as per the Sanskrit pronunciation and writing, this article should be named as "Shantanu" rather than "Santanu". Please let us know if there is any other opinion about this. Else (or in case no one opposes), I will move this article.Padalkar.kshitij (talk) 02:46, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
moved the article as per the discussion here. Padalkar.kshitij (talk) 02:34, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

Shantanu in the Rig Veda[edit]

I was surprised to read the text that said Shantanu was mentioned in the Rig Veda. Turns out that it does, per 10.98 ("With Maruts, Vasus, or Ādityas, make thou Parjanya pour for Santanu his rain-drops."). However, what is the certainty that the Shantanu referenced in RV is the Shantanu of Hastinapura? IMO this creates significant difficulties in reconciling RV's age, because RV significantly predates the Mahabharata. RV is a world unto its own and is the first cog in the wheel of evolution of Hinduism - it affords primacy to Indra (as opposed to Vishnu/Shiva in later texts) and also primacy to river Saraswati (as opposed to Ganga, which is mentioned only once or twice in RV). The RV only mentions Vishnu twice! I don't think the Shantanu in RV is the Shantanu of Hastinapura. I'd appreciate a clarification. AreJay (talk) 22:06, 17 August 2009 (UTC)