Vishayapati, Viṣayapati, Vishaya-pati: 5 definitions

Introduction

Vishayapati 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.

The Sanskrit term Viṣayapati can be transliterated into English as Visayapati or Vishayapati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra

Viṣayapati (विषयपति) refers to a “rulers of districts” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Viṣayapati] 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 geogprahy

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Viṣayapati (collector) 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 viṣayapatis must have been the heads of districts (viṣayas) like the modern Collectors. In one record viṣayī is mentioned in the same context.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Viṣayapati.—(IE 8-3; CII 3, 4; BL; HD), governor of a district called viṣaya; distinguished from Viṣaya-vyāpṛtaka; same as Viṣay-ādhipati. Cf. Ind. Ant., Vol. V, p. 114. See Viṣa- yeśa, Viṣayeśvara, etc. Note: viṣayapati 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣayapati (विषयपति).—the governor of a province.

Derivable forms: viṣayapatiḥ (विषयपतिः).

Viṣayapati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viṣaya and pati (पति).

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

Viṣayapati (विषयपति):—[=viṣaya-pati] [from viṣaya] m. the governor of a province, [Inscriptions]

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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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