Ashvapati, aka: Aśvapati, Ashva-pati; 8 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Aśvapati can be transliterated into English as Asvapati or Ashvapati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Aśvapati (अश्वपति) refers to a “superintendents of cavalry” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Aśvapati] were often present in ancient inscriptions when, for example, the king wanted to address his subjects or make an important announcement.

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Aśvapati (अश्वपति).—Father of the most chaste woman, Sāvitrī. He was King of Madra. He was without children for a long period and for eighteen years he worshipped the goddess, Sāvitrī and got a maiden from Agnihotra whom he named as Sāvitrī. For more details see under Sāvitrī. (Chapter 293, Vana Parva, Mahābhārata).

2) Aśvapati (अश्वपति).—The son born to Kaśyapa of his wife Danu. (Śloka 24, Chapter 65, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Aśvapati (अश्वपति).—The king of Madras; issueless sacrificed to goddess Sāvitrī and was blessed with a daughter of that name.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 208. 5-11.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Aśvapati (अश्वपति) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.24, I.65, I.61.15) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Aśvapati) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Ashwapati (अश्‍वपति): Uncle of Bharata and Shatrughna

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Aśvapati.—(IE 8-2; CII 4)), cf. Aśvapati-Gajapati-Nara- pati-rāja-tray-ādhipati; royal title; the king as ‘the leader of the cavalry’; title of the Vijayanagara kings on account of their strength in horses (ASLV); title assumed by the rulers of some royal families. (EI 9, 21; CII 3; HD), an official title meaning either the master of the stables or the commander of the cavalry; cavalry officer; cf. Aśv-ādhyakṣa (EI 18). See CII, Vol. III, p. 259. Note: aśvapati is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Aśvapati (अश्वपति).—

1) lord of horses Rv.8.21.3.

2) Name of several persons; of a king of Madra and father of Sāvitri.

Derivable forms: aśvapatiḥ (अश्वपतिः).

Aśvapati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and pati (पति).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āsvapati (आस्वपति).—(*), nowhere recorded except in BHS ppp. āsupta, and caus. adj. or nom. act. āsvāpana, qq.v.; must have meant goes to sleep (caus. puts to sleep).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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