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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 resident…

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Malinar, Angelika, “Monasteries (Maṭhas)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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