Samanta, meaning

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Sāmanta (सामन्त) refers to “vassal kings”, the conquest (jaya) of whom is mentioned as obtainable through the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[…] for the conquest (jaya) of vassal kings (sāmanta), worship for ten million times is recommended [for details, see text]. For keeping vassal kings (rājan) under influence the same for ten thousand times is recommended”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sāmanta (सामन्त).—Neighbouring chieftains; their irritation against the king is a case of internal dissension;1 they should behave like fire towards refractory sāmantas;2 residence of;3 followed Haihaya in his hunting expedition;4 subordinate to the Kauravas.5


Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Natya Shastra

Sāmanta (सामन्त) seems to mean a “feudatory” or “dependent prince”.


Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra

Sāmanta (सामन्त) refers to “feudatories” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Sāmanta] were often present in ancient inscriptions when, for example, the king wanted to address his subjects or make an important announcement.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)

Sāmanta (सामन्त, “feudatory”) or “ruler of a territyory” is an official title designating one of the seventy-two officers (niyoga) of the Bāhattaraniyogādhipati circle, according to the Inscriptional glossary of Andhra Pradesh (Śāsana-śabdakośāmu). The bāhattaraniyoga-adhipati is the highest executive officer of this circle (including a Sāmanta). For example: During the reign of Gaṇapatideva, the area extending between Pānagal to Mārjavāḍi was entrusted to Gaṇḍapeṇḍāru Gangayasāhiṇi as Bāhattaraniyogādhipati. Later on, this office was entrusted to Kāyastha Jannigadeva.



India history and geogprahy

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Sāmanta (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.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Samanta.—(IE 8-1), corrupt form of saṃvat. Note: samanta 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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Sāmanta.—(IE 8-2; 8-3; EI 30; CII 3, 4; BL; HD), title of feudatory rulers; a feudatory smaller than the Rājan; a sub- ordinate chief; also explained as ‘a minister’ (SITI). See Bomb. Gaz., Vol. XXI, p. 354; Ep. Ind., Vol. IX, p. 297. Cf. Mahāsāmanta. Note: sāmanta 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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Sāmanta.—(CII 1), a neighbour; ‘one who is in possession of a piece of land in the neighbourhood of the gift land’ (Ep. Ind., Vol. XXXIV, p. 220). Note: sāmanta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.



Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

samanta : (adj.) all; entire. || samantā (adv.) all around; everywhere. sāmanta (nt.), neighbourhood; vicinity. (adj.) bordering; neighbouring.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary

Samanta, (adj.) (saṃ+anta “of complete ends”) all, entire Sn. 672; Miln. 3. occurs usually in oblique cases, used adverbially, e.g. Acc. samantaṃ completely Sn. 442; Abl. samantā (D. I, 222; J. II, 106; Vin. I, 32) & samantato (M. I, 168=Vin. I, 5; Mhvs 1, 29; Vism. 185; and in definitions of prefix pari° DA. I, 217; VvA. 236; PvA. 32); Instr. samantena (Th. 2, 487) on all sides, everywhere, anywhere; also used as prepositions; thus, samantā Vesāliṃ, everywhere in Vesāli D. II, 98; samantato nagarassa all round the city Mhvs 34, 39; samāsamantato everywhere DA. I, 61.

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Sāmanta, (adj.) (fr. samanta) neighbouring, bordering D. I, 101; Vin. I, 46 (āpatti° bordering on a transgression); J. II, 21; IV, 124; connected with M. I, 95; °jappā (or °jappana) roundabout talk Vbh. 353; Vism. 28; Nd1 226; VbhA. 484. Abl. sāmantā in the neighbourhood of Vin. III, 36; D. II, 339; Loc. sāmante the same J. IV, 152 (Kapila-vatthu-°). (Page 704)


Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sāmanta (सामंत).—m S A feudatory prince or chieftain; the head of a district or petty principality, acknowledging and rendering tribute to a lord paramount.

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sāmanta (सामंत).—a S Limitative, bounding: also bordering, neighboring, adjoining.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sāmanta (सामंत).—m A feudatory chieftain.

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sāmanta (सामंत).—a Limitative; bordering.

context information

Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.


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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Samanta (समन्त).—a. [samyak antaḥ, sa yatra vā]

1) Being on every side, universal.

2) Complete, entire.

-ntaḥ Limit, boundary, term. (samantaḥ, samantam, samantataḥ, samantāt are used adverbially in the sense of ‘from every side’, ‘all around’, ‘on all sides’, ‘wholly’, ‘completely’; tato’śmasahitā dhārāḥ saṃvṛṇvantyaḥ samantataḥ Mb.3.143.19; lelihyaṃse grasamānaḥ samantātBg.11.3.).


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Sāmanta (सामन्त).—a.

1) Bordering, hounding, neighbouring.

2) Universal.

-taḥ 1 A neighbour; राष्ट्रेषु रक्षाधिकृतान् सामन्तां- श्चैव चोदितान् (rāṣṭreṣu rakṣādhikṛtān sāmantāṃ- ścaiva coditān) Ms.9.272.

2) A neighbouring king.

3) A feudatory or tributary prince; सामन्तमौलिमणिरञ्जितपाद- पीठम् (sāmantamaulimaṇirañjitapāda- pīṭham) V.3.19; R.5.28;6.33.

4) A prince with a revenue of 3 lacs Karṣa; सामन्तः स नृपः प्रोक्तो यावल्लक्षत्रयावधि (sāmantaḥ sa nṛpaḥ prokto yāvallakṣatrayāvadhi) Śukra.1.83.

5) A leader, general.

-tam Neighbourhood.


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Samānta (समान्त).—a borderer, neighbour.

Derivable forms: samāntaḥ (समान्तः).

Samānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sama and anta (अन्त).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Samanta (समन्त).—name of a Bodhisattva: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 576.15 (verse); probably a short form (m.c.) for the well-known Samaṇta- bhadra, q.v.; in the same line Mahāsthāma, q.v., also probably a short form.

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

Samanta (समन्त).—mfn.

(-ntaḥ-ntā-ntaṃ) All, entire, universal. m.

(-ntaḥ) Limit, term, boundary, end. E. sam intensitive, anta end.

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Samānta (समान्त).—n.

(-ntaṃ) The end of a year. E. samā a year, and anta end.

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Sāmanta (सामन्त).—mfn.

(-ntaḥ-ntī-ntaṃ) 1. Limitative, boundary, bounding. 2. Bordering, neighbouring. 3. Universal. m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. The chief of a district. 2. A neighbour. 3. An attendant or companion of a chieftain. 4. A leader, a captain, a champion. 5. A neighbouring prince. n.

(-ntaṃ) Neighbourhood. E. samanta end, term, aṇ aff. of relation.

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

Samanta (समन्त).—[sam-anta], I. adj. 1. From every part, Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 1446; entire. 2. All. Ii. Abl. tāt, adv. 1. From every part, [Pañcatantra] 51, 18. 2. All round, on every side, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 158, 4; [Pañcatantra] 230, 16; Chr. 4, 20. 3. Completely, [Pañcatantra] 148, 12. Iii. m. Limit, boundary.

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Sāmanta (सामन्त).—i. e. samanta + a, I. adj. 1. Limitative. 2. Bordering, neighbouring, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 259. 3. Universal, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 5, 28 (Sch.). Ii. m. 1. A neighbour, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 69; [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 91. 2. The chief of a district, a (tributary) king, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 102, 6; [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 223; [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 60. 3. A leader, a general, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 20, 12; a champion, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 249. Iii. n. Neighbourhood.

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

1) Samānta (समान्त):—[from sama] a m. (for 2. samānta See under samā) a borderer, neighbour, [Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā] (cf. samanta). 1.

2) [from samā > sama] b (mān) m. (for 1. samān See under 2. sama, [column]1) the end of a year, [ib. iv, 26. -2.]

3) Samanta (समन्त):—[=sam-anta] mf(ā)n. ‘having the ends together’, contiguous, neighbouring, adjacent, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Pañcaviṃśa-brāhmaṇa]

4) [v.s. …] ‘being on every side’, universal, whole, entire, all (samantam ind. ‘in contiguity or conjunction with’, ‘together with’; samantam ind. or tāt ind. or ta-tas ind. ‘on all sides, around’, ‘or, wholly, completely’; tena ind. ‘all round’; with na = ‘nowhere’), [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

5) Samantā (समन्ता):—[=sam-antā] [from sam-anta] f. ([plural]) neighbourhood, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

6) [v.s. …] Name of a grammar, [Colebrooke]

7) Samanta (समन्त):—[=sam-anta] n. (also with agneḥ, varuṇasya, or vasiṣṭhasya) Name of various Samans, [Brāhmaṇa]

8) [v.s. …] n. or m. (?) Name of a country, [Buddhist literature]

9) Samānta (समान्त):—c samāntara See p.1153,

1 and 2.

10) Sāmānta (सामान्त):—[from sāma > sāman] m. the end of a Sāman, [Lāṭyāyana]

11) Sāmanta (सामन्त):—mfn. ([from] sam-anta) being on all sides, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

12) bordering, limiting, [Horace H. Wilson]

13) m. a neighbour, [Kāṭhaka; Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya]

14) a vassal, feudatory prince, the chief of a district (paying tribute to a lord paramount), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

15) a minister (?), [Cāṇakya] ([varia lectio])

16) a leader, general, captain, champion, [Horace H. Wilson]

17) Name of the author of the Tājika-sāra-ṭīkā (1620 A.D.), [Catalogue(s)]

18) n. a neighbourhood, [Manu-smṛti; Śukasaptati]






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