Mahakarttakritika, Mahākārttākṛtika, Maha-karttakritika: 1 definition



Mahakarttakritika 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 Mahākārttākṛtika can be transliterated into English as Mahakarttakrtika or Mahakarttakritika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra

Mahākārttākṛtika (महाकार्त्ताकृतिक) refers to “superintendents” or “managers of state affairs” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Mahākārttākṛtika] were often present in ancient inscriptions when, for example, the king wanted to address his subjects or make an important announcement. The Mahāpratīhāra seems to have been the head of not only the palace-guards but also of the king’s body-guards.

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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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