Agnishikha, Agniśikha, Agni-shikha, Agnishikhe: 21 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Agniśikha can be transliterated into English as Agnisikha or Agnishikha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Agniśikha) various roles suitable to them.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) is another name of Somadatta, who was a Brāhman from the city of Kauśāmbī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 2. His wife was called Vasudattā, and together they had a son named Vararuci. Vararuci was an incarnation of Puṣpadanta (a subordinate of Śiva), who was cursed by Pārvatī for overhearing Śiva narrating the adventures of the seven vidhyādharas.

2) Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) is the name of a Rākṣasa disguised as an enormous crane, who once visited the city of Vardhamāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 39. Accordingly, as a Buddhist mendicant said to the crowd of princes, “princes, this is not a crane; it is a Rākṣasa named Agniśikha, who wanders about in an assumed shape destroying towns. So pierce him with an arrow, that being smitten he may depart hence”.

3) Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) is the name of a Vetāla, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 121. Accordingly, as Mahendrāditya asked his messenger Anaṅgadeva: “...  when he [king Vikramāditya] had said this, he summoned a Vetāla, named Agniśikha. And he, when summoned, came—tall, with flaming eyes, with upstanding hair—and said to the king: ‘Tell me what I am to do’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Agniśikha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Agnishikha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख).—Father of Vararuci. He is also known by the name Somadatta. (Kathāsaritsāgara-Kathāpīṭha-lambaka-Taraṅga 1. See also the word GUṆAVARA).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) refers to the “flame of a fire”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.4 (“Search for Kārttikeya and his conversation with Nandin”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “Urged by the gods, sages and mountains, the lord sent his Gaṇas as his emissaries to the place where his son was staying. O Nārada, he sent [e.g., Dadhimukha who was comparable to the blazing flame of fire (agniśikha)], [...], and innumerable others of the same exploit as that of Śiva and of hideous features. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Agnisikhā in the Telugu language is another name for Kalikārī, a medicinal plant identified with Gloriosa superba Linn. (‘flame lily’) from the Colchicaceae family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.128-130 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Other than the Telugu word Agnisikhā, there are more synonyms identified for this plant among which sixteen are in Sanskrit.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) is the father of Datta: the seventh Vāsudeva (“violent heroes”) according to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara sources. Since they enjoy half the power of a Cakravartin (universal monarch) they are also known as Ardhacakrins. Jain legends describe nine such Vāsudevas usually appearing together with their “gentler” twins known as the Baladevas. The legends of these twin-heroes usually involve their antagonistic counterpart known as the Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes).

The stories of king Agniśikha, queen Śeṣavatī and their son, Datta are related in texts such as the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) and Agnimāṇava are the two Indras of the Agnikumāras who came to the peak of Meru for partaking in the birth-ceremonies of Ṛṣabha, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख) refers to one of the two Indras (lords) of the Agnikumāra (fiery youths) class of “residential celestial beings” (bhavanavāsin), itself a main division of devas (celestial beings) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.3. The Agnikumāras leave the infernal world to perform miraculous activities in the middle and upper world. Agniśikha and Agnivāhana are the two lords in the Fiendish-youths residential celestial beings.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Agnishikha in Biology glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Agnisikha [అగ్నీసిఖా] in the Telugu language is the name of a plant identified with Gloriosa superba L. from the Liliaceae (Lily) family having the following synonyms: Gloriosa rothschildiana, Gloriosa cirrhifolia, Gloriosa nepalensis. For the possible medicinal usage of agnisikha, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Agnisikhe [ಅಗ್ನಿಶಿಖೆ] in the Kannada language, ibid. previous identification.

Agnisikha [अग्निशिखा] in the Sanskrit language, ibid. previous identification.

Agnishikha [अग्निशिखा] in the Nepali language, ibid. previous identification.

Agnisikha [अग्निसिखा] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Tinospora cordifolia from the Menispermaceae (Moonseed) family.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Agnisikha in India is the name of a plant defined with Carthamus tinctorius in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

2) Agnisikha is also identified with Gloriosa superba It has the synonym Methonica doniana Kunth (etc.).

3) Agnisikha is also identified with Plumbago zeylanica It has the synonym Plumbago scandens L. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Fontqueria (1987)
· Current Science (1981)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1981)
· Crop Science (Madison) (1982)
· Feddes Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis (1913)
· The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2002)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Agnisikha, for example diet and recipes, health benefits, extract dosage, pregnancy safety, side effects, chemical composition, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Agnishikha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

agniśikhā (अग्निशिखा).—f (S) A spire or tongue of flame.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

agniśikhā (अग्निशिखा).—f A spire of flame.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख).—a. [agneriva agniriva vā śikhā yasya] fiery, fire-crested; दहतु °खैः सायकैः (dahatu °khaiḥ sāyakaiḥ) Rām. (-khaḥ) 1 a lamp.

2) a rocket, fiery arrow.

3) an arrow in general.

4) safflower plant.

5) saffron.

6) जाङ्गलीवृक्ष (jāṅgalīvṛkṣa). (-kham) 1 saffron.

2) gold. (-khā) 1 a flame; शरैरग्निशिखोपमैः (śarairagniśikhopamaiḥ) Mb.

2) Name of two plants लाङ्गली (lāṅgalī) (Mar. vāgacabakā or kaḷalāvī) Gloriosa Superba; of other plants (also Mar. kaḷalāvī) Menispermum Cordifolium.

Agniśikha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agni and śikha (शिख).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख).—m.

(-khaḥ) 1. A lamp. 2. An arrow. 3. A fiery arrow, a rocket. E. The Safflower plant, (Carthamus tinctorius.) mn.

(-khaḥ-khaṃ) Safforn, the plant and die. f.

(-khā) 1. Flame. 2. A plant. (Gloriosa superba.) 3. A medicinal plant, (Menispermum cordifolium.) E. agni and. śikhā a crest or flame or splendor.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख).—[adjective] having a fiery or burning point (arrow); [feminine] ā fire-flame.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Agniśikha (अग्निशिख):—[=agni-śikha] [from agni] mfn. having a point like fire (an arrow), [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. an arrow

3) [v.s. ...] a lamp

4) [v.s. ...] a safflower plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] saffron, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of Vararuci’s father, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

7) [v.s. ...] of a Vetāla, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

8) [v.s. ...] n. saffron, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.], gold, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) Agniśikhā (अग्निशिखा):—[=agni-śikhā] [from agni] f. a flame, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa etc.], the plants Gloriosa Superba and Menispermum Cordifolium.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख):—I. [bahuvrihi compound] 1. m. f. n.

(-khaḥ-khā-kham) Having the splendour or the heat of fire. 2. m.

(-khaḥ) 1) A lamp.

2) An arrow.

3) A fiery arrow, a rocket.

4) The safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius).

5) The name of the father of Vararuchi. 3. m. n.

(-khaḥ-kham) Saffron, the plant and die. 4. n.

(-kham) Gold. Ii. [tatpurusha compound] f.

(-khā) 1) Flame.

2) A plant (Gloriosa superba).

3) A medicinal plant (Menispermum cordifolium). E. agni and śikhā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agniśikha (अग्निशिख):—[agni-śikha] (khaḥ-khaṃ) 1. m. n. Saffron; m. Lamp; arrow; rocket; 1. f. (khā) flame.

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Agnishikha in German

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Agniśikha (ಅಗ್ನಿಶಿಖ):—[adjective] having a fire-like crust.

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Agniśikha (ಅಗ್ನಿಶಿಖ):—

1) [noun] the plant Crocus sativus.

2) [noun] its dried stigmas, used as a dye and for flavouring; saffron.

3) [noun] the plant Carthamus tinctorus; safflower.

4) [noun] a burning wick that gives light; a lamp.

5) [noun] an arrow which emits fire when shot.

6) [noun] a missile projected by a rocket system.

7) [noun] gold.

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Agniśikhe (ಅಗ್ನಿಶಿಖೆ):—

1) [noun] the gleam or blaze of a fire; flame.

2) [noun] the plant Gloriosa superba, of Liliaceae family; flame flower.

3) [noun] the plant, Operculina turpethum ( = Ipomoea turpethum) of Convolvulaceae family; Indian jalap.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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