Nadu, aka: Nāḍu; 3 Definition(s)


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India history and geogprahy

Nāḍu (नाडु) refers to an “administrative designation”.—In the Kanarese areas and certain contiguous tracts we meet with the term nāḍu (e.g. Veṅgai-nāḍu).

Source: Early History Of The Deccan Pts.1 To 6: Principal Administrative Divisions from the Rise of the Sātavāhanas

Nadu is one of the terms designating an ‘administrative division’ used in the inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh.—Its original meaning in Tamil is “the cultivated or settled area”, since nadu later on came to be designated for a large area, its expanded meaning may be “a country”. Besides, nadu was a State revenue unit. Nadu had no fixed size. It ranged from about 10 to 300 square miles. Sometimes it was as large as Renandu-7000 and at times the same was restricted to a small unit of Renandu-70.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of place names of Nalgonda district

Nāḍu.—(IE 8-4; SII 1; SITI), a country; a territorial divi- sion; a district or a subdivision; the local assembly to govern the civic affairs of the division called nāḍu. (EI 31), a chamber. Note: nāḍu 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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