I am officially called Karpagavalli and at home called Bhargavi… The scope of this post is limited to my official name. 🙂
Most of the times when people who are not from Tamilnadu hear my name, I am often asked what it means or hear comments like “what?!! Its sounds more like name of a place / village like “Tiruchirapalli, Bommanahalli, Uttarahalli … ” *don’t they know the difference between p, h and v???!!*
So thought to write a post on it clearing the doubts and to direct all those who ask me for the meaning to this! 🙂
There was a time when I used to feel very bad about my parents naming me so… for it being very long , sounding village-like( “pattikaadu” types), unfashionable, for many not able to pronounce it since I was brought up in a Metropolitan city.. *ahem ahem*… many did and still do end up calling me by various short forms – ‘KK’ (the second K stands for my dad’s name – Krishnamurthy) being the most used since my college days, ‘KV’ by some, ‘Karpu’ by my school friends… Also, I used to get angry if they did not get my name when I tell them, I know… I was so dumb! 😉
Nowadays, I feel very proud of my name because of many MANY reasons (I need to credit YES!+ and The Art of Living in my life here)…
First being… many have told me that they say my name out loud several times before going to bed to memorize it! 🙂 Next day they used to come to me and proudly say out my name to me and feel so great that they pronounced it right! Even my x-German managers(when I used to work with Bosch) actually got the pronunciation right and used to call me only by my full name!!!
Secondly… There’s hardly anyone who has my name! 😉 1 in a 1000 or say 10000!!! Was the only one in Bosch, now the 2nd in Art of Living.. but the one and only in YES!+ team !!! 😉
Okay, coming back to what it means and why I was named so…
It’s the name of Parvati devi in very few temples in Tamilnadu, the famous one being the Kapaleeshwarar Karpagambal temple, located at the place I was born – Mylapore, Chennai, Tamilnadu … The devi is called Karpagambal or Karpagavalli. The devi is said to be the goddess of the wish fullfilling tree “Karpagavruksha / Kalpavruksha” — which is the celestial tree that grants all the wishes of the devotees!!!
There are also many songs on the devi in Tamil… Famous ones being, “Karpagavalli nin porpadangal pidithen”, “Karunai deivame Karpagame” and so on…
The second reason to name me so was because, at least in South India, we have the custom to name the grandchildren with his/ her grandparent’s name. My maternal grandma’s name was Karpagam, hence… the story 🙂
Finally, with all the knowledge I have got from the Art of Living it’s now become “what’s in a name!?”!!! 🙂 So, you can call me whatever you want, if I know that you are referring to me, I’ll surely respond! But remember, every time you call me by my full name you are calling the wish-fulfilling devi !!!