Bhashapatra, Bhāṣāpatra, Bhasha-patra: 2 definitions



Bhashapatra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Bhāṣāpatra can be transliterated into English as Bhasapatra or Bhashapatra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Studies in Kautilya Vocabulary

Bhāṣāpatra (भाषापत्र) refers to a classification of official documents, according to the Śukranītisāra 2.290-314.—The Śukranītisāra is a Sanskrit work on ethics by Śukrācārya comprised of four chapters. The second chapter (uvarājādikṛtya, “the duties of the royal princes and the like”) speaks of the nature, character and validity of various documents (such as a Bhāṣāpatra).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhashapatra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhāṣāpatra (भाषापत्र).—application (Mar. arja); भाषापत्रं तु तज्ज्ञेयमथवावेदनार्थकम् (bhāṣāpatraṃ tu tajjñeyamathavāvedanārthakam) Śukra.2.39.

Derivable forms: bhāṣāpatram (भाषापत्रम्).

Bhāṣāpatra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhāṣā and patra (पत्र).

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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 (even English!). 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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