Mahasamanta, Mahāsāmanta, Maha-samanta: 7 definitions



Mahasamanta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra

Mahāsāmanta (महासामन्त) refers to “great feudatories” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Mahāsāmanta] were often present in ancient inscriptions when, for example, the king wanted to address his subjects or make an important announcement.

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

Mahāsāmanta refers to the title of a ruler of a territyory.—The Āndhra māṇḍala political situation thus outlined gave rise to the māṇḍalika setup of administration. The epigraphs of the period refer to the māṇḍalika, sāmanta, mahāsāmanta and mahāmaṇḍaleśvara. The term māṇḍalika, in contradistination to the sāmanta, mahāsāmanta is higher in status. The references to mahāsāmantas are 12 in number: the Viriyāla, the Ceraku, the Vavilāla and the Recerlas of Pillalamarri families were mahāsāmanta families.

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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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahāsāmanta.—(IE 8-2, 8-3; EI 30; CII 3, 4; BL), ‘the great chieftain’; title of a feudatory of a higher rank than the Sāmanta; sometimes called Mahārāja, Mahāpratīhāra, Pañca- karaṇ-oparika, Pāṭy-uparika, Purapāl-oparika, Senādibāhattara- niyogādhiṣṭhāyaka, Mahāpradhāna, Sarvādhikārin, Mahāpasāyita, Daṇḍanāyaka, etc., additionally. Cf. Ep. Ind., Vol. II, p. 217; Vol. IX, p. 107. (SITI), a vassal chief, sometimes holding the position of a minister or governor. (IE 8-2), one of the designations sometimes included in the pañca-mahāśabda; cf. the case of Maitraka Dhruvasena I. (IE 8-3), sometimes a feudatory of a lower grade than Rājan and Rājanaka. Note: mahāsāmanta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāsāmanta (महासामन्त).—a great vassal.

Derivable forms: mahāsāmantaḥ (महासामन्तः).

Mahāsāmanta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and sāmanta (सामन्त).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahāsāmanta (महासामन्त):—[=mahā-sāmanta] [from mahā > mah] m. a great vassal, [Inscriptions]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahāsāmanta (महासामन्त):—[(ma + sā)] m. ein grosser Markgraf (?) Inschr. in Journ. of the Am. Or. [S. 6, 539, 1. 3.] great realm [HALL.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahāsāmanta (महासामन्त):—m. ein grosser Vasall.

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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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