Ashtadhikara, aka: Aṣṭādhikāra, Aṣṭādhikārā, Ashtan-adhikara; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Aṣṭādhikāra and Aṣṭādhikārā can be transliterated into English as Astadhikara or Ashtadhikara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Ashtadhikara in Marathi glossaries]

aṣṭādhikāra (अष्टाधिकार).—m pl (S) The eight main offices or posts of a village: viz. jalādhikāra Office of bringing or supplying water to public officers and travellers; sthalādhikāra Office of determining and pointing out the several places of residence, i. e. the office of pāṭīla or Headman; grāmādhikāra Office of supervision of the village trade and general business; kulalēkhana Office of keeping the accounts of the Ryots with Government, and of preserving the public records; brahmāsana Office of a sort of bailif, bailiwick; daṇḍavidhiniyōga Office of magistrate or justice; paurōhitya Office of the family or village-priest; jyōtiṣī Office of the village-astronomer. The above lofty designations are according to the following authoritative Shlok--jalādhi- kāraśrca sthalādhikārō grāmādhikāraḥ kulalēkhanañca || bra- hmāsana daṇḍavidhērniyōgō paurōhitaṃ jyōtiṣanaṣṭamēvaṃ || 1 || but the popular or vulgar terms are 1 kōḷīpaṇā (concrete is kōḷī), 2 pāṭilakī (pāṭīla), 3 dē- śamukhī, mahājanakī, &c. (dēśamukha with mahājana &c.), 4 kuḷakaraṇa (kuḷakaraṇī), 5 varttakī (varttaka), 6 dharmādhikāra (dharmādhikārī), 7 upādhīka or bhaṭapaṇā (upādhyā or bhaṭa), 8 jōśīpaṇā (jōśī). 2 Applied humorously to express the daily operations or business of the body--ablution, inunction, eating, evacuating, sleeping &c.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aṣṭādhikāra (अष्टाधिकार).—m Plenary powers. Full powers.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Ashtadhikara in Sanskrit glossaries]

Aṣṭādhikārā (अष्टाधिकारा).—जलाधिकारः, स्थलाधिकारः, ग्रामाधिकारः, कुललेखनम्, ब्रह्मासनम्, दण्डविनि- योगः, पौरोहित्यम् (jalādhikāraḥ, sthalādhikāraḥ, grāmādhikāraḥ, kulalekhanam, brahmāsanam, daṇḍavini- yogaḥ, paurohityam).

Derivable forms: aṣṭādhikārāḥ (अष्टाधिकाराः).

Aṣṭādhikārā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and adhikārā (अधिकारा).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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