Rashtrapati, Rāṣṭrapati, Rashtra-pati: 7 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Rāṣṭrapati can be transliterated into English as Rastrapati or Rashtrapati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Rāṣṭrapati (governer) is the official title of a minister belonging of the administration of the state during, the rule of the Śilāhāra dynasty (r. 765-1215 A.D.).—The administration of the State was carried on with the help of Governors (rāṣṭrapati), Collectors (viṣayapatis) and village headmen (grāmapati). In some later records like the Dive Āgar plate of Mummuṇi, they are called sāmanta (Governor), nāyaka (the Commissioner of a division) and ṭhākura (the Collector of a district). The Governors of provinces were often military officers, who were called daṇḍādhīpati.

Some early records mention rāṣṭrapati, viṣayapati and grāmapati among the persons to whom the royal order regarding land-gifts was communicated, which shows that these officers administered the different divisions and sub-divisions of the kingdom. The formula containing the mention of the rāṣtrapati seems to have been copied verbatim from earlier records. The maṇḍalas took the place of the old rāṣṭras.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Rāṣṭrapati.—(EI 12, 25; HD), ruler of a province, district or subdivision called rāṣṭra; same as Rāṣṭrapāla. Cf. Ep. Ind., Vol. IV, pp. 278, 285; Vol. VII, p. 39. Note: rāṣṭrapati 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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rāṣṭrapati (राष्ट्रपति).—a sovereign.

Derivable forms: rāṣṭrapatiḥ (राष्ट्रपतिः).

Rāṣṭrapati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rāṣṭra and pati (पति). See also (synonyms): rāṣṭrapāla.

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

Rāṣṭrapati (राष्ट्रपति).—[masculine] king (lit. protector of a kingdom).

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

Rāṣṭrapati (राष्ट्रपति):—[=rāṣṭra-pati] [from rāṣṭra] (rāṣṭra-) m. ‘lord of a k°’, a sovereign, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Rāṣṭrapati (राष्ट्रपति):—m. Herr des Reiches, König gaṇa aśvapatyādi zu [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 4, 1, 84.] [The Śatapathabrāhmaṇa 11, 4, 3, 14.] [Mahābhārata 3, 935. 4, 216.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Rāṣṭrapati (राष्ट्रपति):—m. Herr des Reiches , König.

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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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