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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Sapta-santāna.—(SITI), also called sapta-santati; merit equal to that obtainable through progeny from their performance of seven kinds of great deeds, viz. digging of tanks, hoarding of treasure, founding of agrahāras, erection of temples, creation of flower gardens, getting literary works written by poets, and the establishment of Choultries. An inscription (Ep. Ind., Vol. III, pp. 88 ff.) mentions the following seven meritorious acts a man ought to perform during his lifetime; viz. procrea- tion of sons, accumulation of wealth, planting of groves, help- ing people (Brāhmaṇas) to marry, getting poems composed, erection of temples and excavation of tanks. Note: sapta-santāna 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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