‘ the gambler/ is frequently referred to in the Rigveda and later. A father is represented as chastising his son for gambling. The gambler seems at times to have fallen, along with his family, into servitude, presumably by selling himself to pay his debts.Technical names for different sorts of gamblers given in the Yajurveda Samhitās are Adinava-darśa, Kalpin, Adhi-kalpin, and Sabhā-sthānu. None of these can be safely explained, though the last has usually been taken as a satirical name derived from the gambler’s devotion to the dicing place (Sabhā), pillar of the dicing hall.’ The first literally means seeing ill-luck,’ and may refer to the quickness of the dicer to note an error on the part of his antagonist, or to his eagerness to see the defeat of his rival.
noun (masculine) a cheat (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a crazy person (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a gamester (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a kind of perfume (commonly Rocana) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
fraudulent man (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
gambler (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a man (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
thorn-apple (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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