Rajaguru, Rājaguru, Rajan-guru: 6 definitions


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

Rājaguru (राजगुरु) is the most important person who influenced the life of a king. Probably he formed one of the members of the king’s advisory board.

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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

Rājaguru.—(EI 21, 27, 30; CII 4; BL; ASLV; HD), king's preceptor. Cf. Bomb. Gaz., Vol. XXI, p. 354; Ind. Ant., Vol. XII, p. 120. Note: rājaguru 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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rājaguru (राजगुरु).—a royal counsellor.

Derivable forms: rājaguruḥ (राजगुरुः).

Rājaguru is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and guru (गुरु).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rājaguru (राजगुरु).—m.

(-ruḥ) The king’s spiritual preceptor. E. rāja a king, and guru preceptor.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rājaguru (राजगुरु).—[masculine] councillor or minister of a king.

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

Rājaguru (राजगुरु):—[=rāja-guru] [from rāja > rāj] m. a king’s minister or counsellor, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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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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