Pratihara

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Pratihara

 

(also Gurjara-Pratihara), a Rajput family that in the eighth century gave rise to the rulers of a large feudal state in North India, the Gurjara-Pratihara empire.

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The chairman, superintendent and head warden of the Nirahshritara Parihara Kendra 'broke all rules and looted money in the process' while the beggars died like flies.
The terminology is a bit different--the word parihara ('exemption' from the obligation to make payments to the king) is notably absent--but the similarity of the legal arrangements enacted in the inscriptions are telling.
For their maintenance--by being moved about, seated, laid to rest, bathed, adorned, fed, and nourished, etc.--is something to be borne; thus they are called a burden in the sense of having to be borne through maintenance."(26) In other words, Buddhaghosa interprets bhara in terms of parihara ("attendance, care, maintenance"), an explanation which allows him to provide what looks like an etymology or a pun on hara ("bearer").