Uparika, Upari-ka: 3 definitions


Uparika 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

Uparika (उपरिक) refers to the “provincial governors” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Uparika] 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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Uparika.—(IE 8-3; CII 3; BL; HD), a viceroy; the governor of a province. An Uparika was appointed by the emperor and he himself appointed the governor of the district (cf. Ep. Ind., Vol. XV, p. 130). He is sometimes styled Mahārāja and Rājaputra. Viśvarūpa on the Yājñavalkyasmṛti, I. 307, quotes a prose passage from Bṛhaspati where the re- quisite qualities of an Uparika are set out. See Vogel, Ant. Ch. St., p. 123. The word literally means ‘one placed at the top’. (IE 8-3), cf. Auparika, a viceroy. Cf. Bṛhad-uparika (IE 8-3). Note: uparika 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

Uparika (उपरिक).—A provincial governor.

Derivable forms: uparikaḥ (उपरिकः).

Uparika is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms upari and ka (क).

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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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