Saptanga, aka: Saptāṅga, Saptan-anga; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Saptāṅga (सप्ताङ्ग, “seven-limbed”):—The master and the minister, the capital city, the people, the treasury and the army, and the ally,—these are the seven constituents; and the kingdom is described as having ‘seven limbs.’

  1. Master’—i.e. the King himself.
  2. Minister’—the Councillor, the Priest, the Army-Commander.
  3. Capital City’—the city containing the king’s residence.
  4. People’—the public.
  5. Treasury’—store of gold and silver and other valuables.
  6. Army’—consisting of elephants, horses and foot-soldiers.
  7. Ally’—one having the same end in view: as has been describednext to him comes the Ally.’

These are the ‘constituents’—causes, components—of the kingdom; in the same manner as the potsherds are of the jar.

(Also see the Manubhāṣya, verse 9.294)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Saptāṅga (सप्ताङ्ग).—The seven limbs of a kingdom; svāmi, amātya, janapada, durga, daṇḍa, kośa and mitra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 220. 19.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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India history and geogprahy

Sapta-aṅga.—(CII CITD), the seven constitutent parts of a kingdom, viz., king, ministers, allies, treasury, territory, forts and forces. Note: sapta-aṅga is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

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Saptāṅga (सप्ताङ्ग).—a. see सप्तप्रकृति (saptaprakṛti) below.

Saptāṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saptan and aṅga (अङ्ग).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saptāṅga (सप्ताङ्ग).—mfn.

(-ṅgaḥ-ṅgī-ṅgaṃ) Having seven members or parts. E. sapta, aṅga a part.

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