Officers during the Vedic Period: Easy to Learn Compilation

During early Vedic period (BC 1500-BC 1000), Aryans were organised into tribes rather than kingdoms. The chief of a tribe was called a rajan. The autonomy of the rajan was restricted by the tribal councils called sabha and samiti. The two bodies were, in part, responsible for the governance of the tribe. The rajan could not accede to the throne without their approval.

Officers During the Vedic Period

In the later Vedic period, the tribes had consolidated into small kingdoms, which had a capital and a rudimentary administrative system.
Officers During the Vedic Period

Name Function
Vrajapati Officer-in-charge of pasture land
Purohita Priest of highest order
Jivagribha Police official
Senani Supreme commander-in-chief
Gramani Head of the village
Kulapati Head of the family
Spasas Spies & Messengers
Bhagadugha Revenue collector
Madhyamasi Mediator for dispute solving
Palagala Messenger
Sanghrahriti Treasurer
Suta Charioteer
Kshatri Chamberlain
Sthapati Chief Judge
Mahishi Chief Queen
Govikartana Keeper of forests & games
Akshavapa Accountant
Takshan Carpenter

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Compiled by: Jishnu J Raju

Also read:  Ancient India: Customs and Practices (NCERT)

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