Monasteries (Maṭhas)
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Hindu religious communities ( sampradāya s) 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 ( guru s) 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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Angelika Malinar, “Monasteries (Maṭhas)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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