Samiti

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By Swami Harshananda

samiti (‘assembly’)

This is an ancient word used even in the Rgveda (10.191.3) and seems to mean a meeting or a meeting place.

It might have been an ad hoc assembly of people attended by learned men and others including the king.

Whether it was a regular national assembly of a whole people, as suggested by some scholars, is a moot point.

The word sabhā also might have meant the same.

See SABHĀ.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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