Ajara, aka: Ajarā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Ajarā (अजरा) is another name for Jīrṇadāru, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby woodrose), from the Convolvulaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 3.117), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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.


Ajara (अजर).—Tapantaka, the minister of King Vatsa, told him the story of a man named Ajara to illustrate the law that all people will have to suffer the consequences of their actions in a previous birth. The story is given below:—

Once upon a time, there lived a King named Vinayaśīla in Vilāsapura, in the city of Śrīkaṇṭhanagarī. After some years, the King was affected by wrinkles of old age. A physician named Taruṇacandra came to the palace to cure the King of his wrinkles. "The King should remain alone in the interior of the earth for full eight months. He has to use a medicine while remaining there. It should not even be seen by anyone else. I myself am to administer the medicine"—This was the physician’s prescription. The King agreed. Accordingly the King and the physician spent six months in the interior of the earth. After that the physician, after a search, found a man who exactly resembled the King and brought him to the interior of the earth. After two more months, the physician murdered the King and came out with the new man. The people welcomed him with honour as the King who was cured of his wrinkles. This man was Ajara. After some time, the physician approached Ajara for his reward. Ajara said: "It is by my Karmaphala (consequence of my actions in my previous birth) that I have become King. In my previous birth I renounced my body after doing penance. According to the boon which God gave me on that occasion, I have become King in my present birth". The physician returned empty-handed. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Ratnaprabhālaṃbaka, 6th Taraṅga).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

ajara (अजर).—a S Exempt from decay; imperishable, indestructible, unwasting.

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ajāra (अजार).—m ( P) Disease, disorder, distemper.

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ājāra (आजार).—m ( P) Disease, sickness, illness; a disorder or malady.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ajara (अजर).—a Imperishable, exempt from decay

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ajāra (अजार).—m Disease. Distemper. ajārī a Sick, ill.

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ājāra (आजार).—m Sickness, disease.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ajara (अजर).—a. [na. ba.]

1) Not subject to old age or decay; ever young अजरं वृद्धत्वम् (ajaraṃ vṛddhatvam) K.13; cf. वृद्धत्वं जरया विना (vṛddhatvaṃ jarayā vinā) R.1.23

2) Undecaying, imperishable; पुराणमजरं विदुः (purāṇamajaraṃ viduḥ) R.1.19; अनन्तमजरं ब्रह्म (anantamajaraṃ brahma) Bh.3.69, H. Pr.3, Pt.1. 151, Ms.2.146.

-raḥ 1 A god (who is not subject to old age). अजरामरवत्प्राज्ञो विद्यामर्थं च चिन्तयेत् (ajarāmaravatprājño vidyāmarthaṃ ca cintayet) H.

2) Name of a plant वृद्धदारक (vṛddhadāraka) or जीर्णफंजी (jīrṇaphaṃjī) (Mar. kāḷī varadhārā). (° also).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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