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04 Jan

Sabha & its Sabhavati
The term Sabha denotes both the assembly (in early Rig-Vedic) and the assembly hall (later Rig- Vedic) Women called Sabhavati also attended this assembly It was basically a kin-based assembly and the practice of women attending it was stopped in later-Vedic times Rig-Veda speaks of the Sabha also as a dicing and gambling assembly, along with a place for dancing, music, witchcraft, and magic It discussed pastoral affairs and performed judicial and administrative functions and exercised judicial authority
The references to samiti come from the latest books of the Rig-Veda showing that it assumed importance only towards the end of the Rig-Vedic period Samiti was a folk assembly in which people of the tribe gathered for transacting tribal business It discussed philosophical issues and was concerned with religious ceremonies and prayers References suggest that the Rajan was elected and re-elected by the Samiti

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