Gramadhisha, Grāmādhīśa, Grama-adhisha: 1 definition



Gramadhisha 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 Grāmādhīśa can be transliterated into English as Gramadhisa or Gramadhisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Grāmādhīśa (ग्रामाधीश) refers to the “headmen of the villages”, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—“[...] the king Dama was unconquerable. O brahmin, he did not stress any act of piety other than furnishing temples of Śiva with lamps in plenty. He called headmen of the villages (grāmādhīśa) in his kingdom and asked them to furnish all temples of Śiva with lamps. He warned them that if they defaulted they would be punished. It is declared in the Vedas that Śiva is delighted at the gift of a lamp to his temples”.

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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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