Rajanaka, Rājānaka, Rajan-anaka: 9 definitions

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Rajanaka 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

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

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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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Shaiva philosophy

Source: Google Books: The Recognition Sutras

Rājānaka (राजानक) is the name of a title given to authors to indicate the king’s favor and patronage, such as Kṣemarāja who was the author of the 11th century Pratyabhijñāhṛdaya.—In the days of Kṣemarāja, 1,000 years ago, the Kashmiri kings funded festivals and temples, but also supported philosophical study and spiritual practice, even paying stipends to those philosophers and contemplatives who explored the inner landscape and wrote about their insights (some of these, like our author, were given the title Rājānaka to indicate the king’s favor and patronage).

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India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Rājānaka (fl. 1150 A.D.), bearing the official title paṭakila (pāṭil), is the name of a person mentioned in the “Agāṣī stone inscription of Haripāladeva”.

This stone inscription (mentioning Rājānaka) bearing this inscription was found near Āgāṣī in the Bassein tālukā of the Ṭhāṇā District. It records the grant made by the Mahāpradhāna Āhavamalladeva of the produce of revenue of Ānevāḍī. It is dated on the first tithi of the bright fortnight of Mārgaśīrṣa in the expired Śaka year 1072, the cyclic year being Pramoda.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Rājanaka.—(IE 8-2, 8-3; EI 23, 29), same as Rājānaka, Rājanyaka, Rājānika; a feudatory; in some cases, smaller than the feudatory called Rājan. Note: rājanaka 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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Rājānaka.—(IE 8-2, 8-3; EI 30; BL; HD), same as Rājanaka, Rājanyaka, Rājānika or Rāṇaka; title of feudatory rulers or of the nobility; often a feudatory smaller than a Rājan. Cf. Rāja- taraṅgiṇī, VI. 117, 261 (title given for services to the king and surviving in the form Rāzdān as a family name of Kashmir Brāh- maṇas); Ind. Ant., Vol. XV, pp. 394, 306. Note: rājānaka 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 mythology, zoology, 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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rājānaka (राजानक).—

1) an inferior king, a petty prince.

2) a title of respect formerly given to distinguished scholars and poets.

Derivable forms: rājānakaḥ (राजानकः).

Rājānaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and anaka (अनक).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Rājānaka (राजानक) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—i. e. Mammaṭa. Quoted in Mādhavīyadhātuvṛtti.

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

1) Rājānaka (राजानक):—[from rāja > rāj] m. an inferior k°, petty prince, [ib.]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Mammaṭa, [Catalogue(s)]

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Rajanaka in German

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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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