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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śukranitisāra possesses a big chariot drawn by eight horses. This is an abridged edition of an earlier bigger work. The subject matter is both political and non-political. It has four adhyāyas or chapters. The last has seven prakaraṇas or subsections. It may be assigned to the period circa A. D. 1800. There is a voluminous work called Sukranīti in five chapters, which has been printed in A. D. 1987.

Content of Śukranitisāra[edit]

The contents can be briefed as follows:

  • The duties and functions of princes, including that of the crown-prince and some dignitaries
  • General rules of morality to be observed by the king and his associates
  • Characteristics of a king’s friends or allies
  • The royal treasure
  • Arts and sciences
  • Some customs and institutions
  • Duties and functions of the king
  • Forts and armed forces
  • Council of ministers
  • Trade and commerce
  • Public finance
  • Jurisprudence
  • International law

Other Subjects[edit]

The non-political subjects dealt with include:

  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Manners and morals
  • Fine-arts
  • Literature


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