Athul is one of the thousand-and-eight names of Vishnu
, the main Hindu god
. It is derived from the Sanskrit
, which as a noun
, and as a verb
means to weigh
. The a- prefix in Sanskrit means "un-" (much like in Greek
, as in "a-gnostic
"), so A-thula or Athul means "unweighable", or as applied to Vishnu, "he who cannot be weighed."
Of course, in this connotation, it also means many other things, including "he who is incomparable", which leads to "he who is greater than anyone else", which happens to be a fairly good description of a main god.
It also happens to be my first name. Now both my first name and my last name have been noded. SO now you know.