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Lakshadweepa (Sanskrit: लक्षं द्वीप) means "one hundred thousand islands" in Sanskrit. It is a somewhat poetical term, not related to actual geographical facts. The word Lakshadweepa refers to the five archipelagoes stretching southwards into the Indian Ocean from the sea off the southwestern shores of India. These islands were historically part of India.

Formerly one of the titles of the Kings and Queens of Maldives was "Ruler of the one hundred thousand islands".


  • Vaman Shivram Apte, Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Motilal Banarsidass. New Delhi 1985

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