Rajakula, Rājakula, Rajan-kula, Rājākula, Raja-kula: 12 definitions

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Rajakula means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Rājakula (राजकुल) refers to “palaces” and is mentioned among the “material benefits” granted by the Bodhisattva, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, “houses (gṛha) such as dwellings (harmya), palaces (rājakula), temples (prāsāda), etc., built of earth, wood or precious objects, to protect from cold (śīta), heat (uṣṇa), wind (vāta), rain (vṛṣṭi), thieves (caura)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Rājakula.—(IE 8-5; CII 3; IA 20; BL; HD), royal house- hold; the king, royal officers and members of the royal family. Originally, ‘the royal family’; then ‘a member of the royal family’; and then ‘a royal officer’; later, a title of nobility, same as modern Rāval or Rāul. See Bhandarkar's List, No. 324. Cf. rājakulaṅ-kāṇi-ppaṟṟu (SITI), ‘land or village in the enjoyment of the members of the royal family’. The expres- sion occurs along with devadāna, brahmadeya, paḻḻiccandam, etc. Note: rājakula 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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rajakula in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rājakula : (nt.) royal family; king's palace.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Rājākula refers to: the king’s court or palace A. I, 128; II, 205; Vin. IV, 265; J. II, 301; DhA. II, 44, 46; III, 124.

Note: rājākula is a Pali compound consisting of the words rājā and kula.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rājakula (राजकुल).—

1) a royal family, a king's family; अग्निरापः स्त्रियो मूर्खः सर्पो राजकुलानि च (agnirāpaḥ striyo mūrkhaḥ sarpo rājakulāni ca) H.; नदीनां शस्त्रपाणीनां नखिनां शृङ्गिणां तथा । विश्वासो नैव कर्तव्यः स्त्रीषु राजकुलेषु च (nadīnāṃ śastrapāṇīnāṃ nakhināṃ śṛṅgiṇāṃ tathā | viśvāso naiva kartavyaḥ strīṣu rājakuleṣu ca) || ibid.

2) the court of a king; आ दास्याः पुत्रि राजकुलं (ā dāsyāḥ putri rājakulaṃ) ल्येतत् (lyetat) Nāg.3.12/13.

3) a court of justice; (rājakule kath or nivid caus. means 'to sue one in a court of law, lodge a complaint against).

4) a royal palace.

5) a king, master (as a respectful mode of speaking).

6) a royal servant; बध्नन्ति घ्नन्ति लुम्पन्ति दृप्तं राजकुलानि वै (badhnanti ghnanti lumpanti dṛptaṃ rājakulāni vai) Bhāg. 1.41.36.

Derivable forms: rājakulam (राजकुलम्).

Rājakula is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and kula (कुल).

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

Rājakula (राजकुल).—n.

(-laṃ) A royal race. m.

(-laḥ) A prince, a king. E. rāja and kula family.

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

Rājakula (राजकुल).—I. n. 1. the court of a king, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 183, 18. 2. a court of justice, [Pañcatantra] 96, 20. 3. a royal race. Ii. m. a prince.

Rājakula is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and kula (कुल).

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

Rājakula (राजकुल).—[neuter] a king’s or a royal family; the court of a king.

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

1) Rājakula (राजकुल):—[=rāja-kula] [from rāja > rāj] n. a king’s race, royal family ([plural] = kings, princes), [Kāvya literature; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] a royal palace or court (where also law is administered), [ṢaḍvBr.; Mahābhārata] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] a main road or street, [Rāmāyaṇa] ([Bombay edition])

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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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