One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South Asia) a building devoted to religious or charitable purposes, especially a rest house for travellers.
- ‘I made the usual rounds of Hindu temples, dharmashalas, meditation centers, pathasalas (religious schools) and soaked up all I could about the Hindu dharma.’
- ‘For budget-type accommodation, there are a number of dharmashalas, the Railway Retiring Rooms and the Panchayat Bhawan.’
- ‘Poor people can look around for dharmashalas in the city.’
- ‘Nanak insisted that every Sikh house should serve as a place of love and devotion, a true guest house (Sach dharamshala).’
- ‘These people have now been put up in the village dharamshala and in chaupals.’
From Sanskrit dharmaśālā, from dharma ‘virtue’ + śālā ‘house’.
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