From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Sabhā literally means ‘assembly’.
Different Inferences of the Word Sabhā
- The earliest meaning of this word seems to be the gambling hall.
- Later on, it acquired other meanings like an assembly of learned persons as well as other persons needed to be present and presided over by the king.
- The word samiti was also used in the same sense.
- In all probability it was not an elected body but an ad hoc one.
- The word has sometimes been used to indicate an assembly of learned people, probably to discuss and decide some important issues before the king.
- Sabhā can also mean an auditorium or a building meant for meetings.
- Ṛgveda 10.34.6
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore