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Sapinda (सपिण्ड) was a social formation in the time of Panini.


Mention by Panini

Sapinda (सपिंड) is mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi. [1]


V. S. Agrawala [2] writes about Sapiṇḍa (सपिण्ड) – The word Sapinda is peculiar to the Sutra literature but there is no trace of it either in Samhitas, or the Brahmanas and Aranyaka. Dharmshastra works explain Sapinda as blood relations up to the 7th degree on the father’s and 5th degree on mother’s side (Manu, V.60). Panini writes that a great grandson was called yuvan, when a more elderly Sapinda i.e either his uncle or grand-uncle was alive.


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