As per our Vedic literature, Vish (Vishnu) means creator and Shiv (Shiva) means evil destroyer. I was wondering similar word-meaning similarity between Sati and Sita. Is there any historical evidence for their names as like in Vish & Shiv?


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    This concept of 'Vish and Shiv' is not a Hindu concept AFAIK. One cannot take a few syllables of a name and rearrange the letters... and Visham (with the big Sha) means poison) and Shiva (with the small Sha) means auspicious.
    – Surya
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 8:40
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    In which part of India do people call Vishnu as just "Vish"? Original Sanskrit names विष्णु and शिव (read in Sanskrit not Hindi) has no reverse spelling for them. Literal meaning of विष्णु is "one who pervades" and शिव is "auspicious". Sita means furrow as she was found during ploughing of land. I think Sati means women of good conduct or good wife.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 8:42
  • The only sensible anagram I have found is Nama(ha) and Mana(ha) Commented May 11, 2016 at 8:52

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There are no concepts like you are saying.

The dhatu 'Vish' means Pervading.

The dhatu 'Shiv' means Auspicious.

In what sense are you seeing evil destruction in Auspicious?

Hence, they are not opposite by no ways.

The name 'Sita' means furrow as she was born while Janaka was ploughing.

The name 'Sati' from dhatu 'Sat' which have several meanings like truth, existence. Also Sati means extremely chaste women.

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