Namas; 2 Definition(s)


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India history and geogprahy

Namas.—(CII 3), ‘reverence’; an invocation, generally con- nected with the names of gods, at the commencement of ins- criptions. Note: namas 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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Namas (नमस्).—ind.

1) A bow, salutation, obeisance, adoration; (this word is, by itself, invariably used with dat.; tasmai vadānyagurave tarave namo'stu Bv.1.94; namastrimūrtaye tubhyam Ku.2.4; but with kṛ, generally with acc.; munitrayaṃ namaskṛtya Sk.; but sometimes with dat. also; namaskurmo nṛsiṃhāya ibid. The word has the sense of a noun, but is treated as an indeclinable.)

2) Ved. Food.

3) A thunderbolt.

4) A gift, present.

5) A sacrifice.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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