Ganaka, aka: Gaṇaka; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Gaṇaka (गणक, “reckoner”).—Blemishes (ghāta) affecting the success (siddhi) should be recorded with the help of reckoners (gaṇaka) by these persons (i. e. assessors, prāśnika) who are seated at ease, have clean intention, and whose intelligence is.[generally relied on by the public.

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Gaṇaka (गणक, “accountant”) is an official title designating one of the seventy-two officers (niyoga) of the Bāhattaraniyogādhipati circle, according to the Inscriptional glossary of Andhra Pradesh (Śāsana-śabdakośāmu). The bāhattaraniyoga-adhipati is the highest executive officer of this circle (including a Gaṇaka). For example: During the reign of Gaṇapatideva, the area extending between Pānagal to Mārjavāḍi was entrusted to Gaṇḍapeṇḍāru Gangayasāhiṇi as Bāhattaraniyogādhipati. Later on, this office was entrusted to Kāyastha Jannigadeva.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)
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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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India history and geogprahy

Gaṇaka.—(EI 18), official designation; cf. Tamil kaṇakaṉ (SITI), a village accountant; also vāśal-kaṇakkaṉ (SITI), accountant at the vāśal (palace or palace-gate); ūrkkaṇakkar- jīvitam (SITI), land assigned in lieu of salary to the village accountant or perquisites of the office of the village accountant (i. e. the Paṭvārī as he is called in many parts of India). Note: gaṇaka 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

Pali-English dictionary

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gaṇaka : (m.) an accountant; one skilled in arithmetic.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Gaṇaka, (fr. gaṇ, to comprise in the sense of to count up) a counter, one skilled in counting familiar with arithmetic; an accountant, overseer or calculator. Enumd as an occupation together with muddika at D.I, 51 (expl. DA.I, 157 by acchidda-pāṭhaka); also with muddika and saṅkhāyika S.IV, 376; as an office at the king’s court (together with amaccā as gaṇaka-mahāmatta=a ministerial treasurer) D.III, 64, and in same context D.III, 148, 153, 169, 171, 177; as overseer Vin.III, 43; as accountant Miln.79, 293; VvA.66. (Page 241)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

gaṇaka (गणक).—m An astrologer.

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

Gaṇaka (गणक).—a. [gaṇ-ṇvul] (-ṇikā f.) Bought for a large sum.

-kaḥ 1 An arithmetician.

2) An astrologer; Vāj.3.2; रे पान्थ पुस्तकधर क्षणमत्र तिष्ठ वैद्योसि किं गणकशास्त्र- विशारदोसि । केनौषधेन मम पश्यति भर्तुरम्बा किं वा गमिष्यति पतिः सुचिरप्रवासी (re pāntha pustakadhara kṣaṇamatra tiṣṭha vaidyosi kiṃ gaṇakaśāstra- viśāradosi | kenauṣadhena mama paśyati bharturambā kiṃ vā gamiṣyati patiḥ sucirapravāsī) || Subhāṣ.

3) An assemblage of eight stars; तारापुञ्जनिकाशा गणका नाम प्रजापतेरष्टौ (tārāpuñjanikāśā gaṇakā nāma prajāpateraṣṭau) Bri. S.11.25.

-kī The wife of an astrologer.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇaka (गणक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. An astrologer, a calculator of nativities. &c. 2. An arithmetician. f. (-kī) The wife of an astrologer. E. gaṇ to calculate, affix kvun, fem. affix ṅīṣ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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