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Monasteries (Maṭhas)
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Hindu religious communities (sampradāyas) are often institutionalized in maṭhas or āśramas (monasteries, religious centers), places of residence, study, and worship for religious specialists as well as lay people. Individual religious teachers (gurus) as well seek to establish such places in order to pursue their religious goals and teach their disciples. A monastery is also a place of interaction between the r…

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Malinar, Angelika, “Monasteries (Maṭhas)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000018>
First published online: 2018



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