Bhritya, Bhṛtya: 9 definitions


Bhritya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Bhṛtya can be transliterated into English as Bhrtya or Bhritya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bhṛtya (भृत्य).—Servants engaged for service, those who do not do properly or neglect, are liable to be punished with a fine of 8 Kṛṣṇalas besides being deprived of their wages;1 conduct of, reported by cāras;2 not loyal in the kaliyuga.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 227. 9.
  • 2) Ib. 215. 89; Vāyu-purāṇa 110. 54.
  • 3) Ib. 58. 42.
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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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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)

Bhritya is synonymous with Baṇṭu: the frequently referred official who appeared to have served the king in every way. Baṇṭu, Bhaṭuṇḍu and Bhritya seem to be synonyms. It appears that the meaning of the term baṇṭu changes with the context. The baṇṭus or personal attendants served the king in all activities, later on they would have been formed into a separate body known as leṃkas, the military batallions.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhṛtya (भृत्य).—m S A hireling, a mercenary, a man upon wages or pay; a servant in general. Pr. bhṛtyakṛtaṃ rājanī The master gets all the honor and dishonor of the deeds of the servant.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bhṛtyā (भृत्या).—f Wages, pay. Nourishing.

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bhṛtya (भृत्य).—m A servant.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhṛtya (भृत्य).—a. [bhṛ kyap tak ca] To be nourished or maintained &c.

-tyaḥ 1 Any one requiring to be supported.

2) A servant, dependant, slave.

3) A king's servant, minister of state; भृत्यप्रणाशो मरणं नृपाणाम् (bhṛtyapraṇāśo maraṇaṃ nṛpāṇām) H.2.136.

4) A subject.

-tyā 1 Rearing, fostering, nourishing, taking care of; as in कुमारभृत्या (kumārabhṛtyā) q. v.

2) Maintenance, support.

3) A means of sustenance, food.

4) Wages.

5) Service.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhṛtya (भृत्य).—mfn. (-tyaḥ-tyā-tya) To be nourished or maintained. m.

(-tyaḥ) 1. A dependent. 2. A servant, a slave. 3. A minister. f.

(-tyā) Hire, wages. E. bhṛ to nourish, aff. kyap, with tuk augment.

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Bhṛtyā (भृत्या).—f.

(-tyā) 1. Rearing, nourishing. 2. Maintenance. 3. Service. 4. Wages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhṛtya (भृत्य).—I. ptcple. fut. pass. of bhṛ, To be nourished. Ii. m. A servant, [Pañcatantra] 175, 16; i. [distich] 325. Iii. f. , Hire.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhṛtya (भृत्य).—[masculine] dependant, servant, minister of a king; [abstract] [feminine], tva [neuter]

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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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