Re: [INDOLOGY] Sanskrit gośāla, Prakrit gosāla, NIA gohāla

alakendu das mailmealakendudas at
Fri Feb 9 16:55:34 UTC 2018

The extent to which I am aware of it's meaning ,the word Goshala means cowshed.I spell it with a "h' after " s",to give the impression of the way we pronounce the word in the Bengali.Siddharth Gautam took lessons from many teacher- philosophers ,one of whom was Maukhari Gosala.
        Thanking you.                 Alakendu Das.

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From: Arlo Griffiths via INDOLOGY <indology at>
Sent: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 17:36:16 GMT+0530
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Subject: [INDOLOGY] Sanskrit gośāla, Prakrit gosāla, NIA gohāla



Dear colleagues,

I am working with some inscriptions from 5th-century Bengal where it seems the word gohāla/gohālī (ultimately from Sanskrit gośāla) is used in the meaning 'hamlet', or in any case to indicate something larger
 than 'cow-shed'. But I have so far not found any dictionary, whether for Sanskrit, Prakrit or NIA wors, that gives clear support for any such meaning. The closest
to anything like support is Sheth's Prakrit Dictionary, where the first meaning indicated for gosāla is deśaviśeṣa. Can anyone help me determine on what textual passages this meaning is based? Can anyone cite other examples from any Indo-Aryan languages
 where a word related to Sanskrit gośāla means something like 'hamlet'?

Thank you.

Arlo Griffiths


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