Ambashtha, aka: Ambaṣṭhā, Ambaṣṭha, Aṃbaṣṭha, Āmbaṣṭha; 9 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Ambaṣṭhā and Ambaṣṭha and Aṃbaṣṭha and Āmbaṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Ambastha or Ambashtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Ambaṣṭhā (अम्बष्ठा) is another name (synonym) for Pāṭhā, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Cissampelos pareira (velvetleaf). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 6.119-121), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Ambaṣṭhā (अम्बष्ठा) is the name of a tree (Ākandī) that is associated with the Nakṣatra (celestial star) named Hasta, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). Accordingly, “these [trees] are propounded in Śāstras, the secret scriptures (śāstrāgama). These pious trees [viz, Ambaṣṭhā], if grown and protected, promote long life”. These twenty-seven trees related to the twenty-seven Nakṣatras are supposed to be Deva-vṛkṣas or Nakṣatra-vṛkṣas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Ambaṣṭhā (अम्बष्ठा) is the Sanskrit name for an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 4.77-79 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Ambaṣṭhā is a highly controversial plant. Vaidyas use different plants at different places for this. The reason is the confused description of the drug by various authors.

Ambaṣṭhā is mentioned as having fifteen synonyms: Ambālikā, Ambālā, Śaṭhāmbā, Ambaṣṭhikā, Ambikā, Ambā, Mācikā, Dṛḍhavalkā, Mayurikā, Gandhapatrī, Citrapuṣpī, Śreyasī, Mukhavācikā, Chinnapatrā and Bhurīmallī.

Properties and characteristics: “Ambaṣṭhā is astringent and sour. It is used in the diseases of throat and disorders of vitiated vāta, kapha and cures the phlegmatic secretions (balāsa). It is a very good digestive stimulant and appetizer”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—King Śrutāyu, who belonged to the party of the Kauravas was the ruler of Ambaṣṭha land and so he was called Ambaṣṭha. (Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 96, Verses 39-40). He was killed in the fight with Arjuna. (Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 93, Verses 60-69).

2) Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—There was a hero called Ambaṣṭha among the warriors on the side of the Pāṇḍavas. (Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 50). He fought against King Cedi who was on the side of the Kauravas and in the fight King Cedi fell.

3) Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—See the word "VARṆA".

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—The name of the mahout of Kuvalayāpīḍa killed by Kṛṣṇa for leading it against him.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 43. 2 and 14.

2a) Aṃbaṣṭha (अंबष्ठ).——(c)—kingdom: Capital of Suvrata: Its king failed in hitting the fish target in Lakṣmaṇā's svayamvara.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 83. 23; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 22; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 22.

2b) A people;1 country of.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 83. 23.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 3. 18.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.29.6, II.48.14, VI.18.13, VI.20.10, VI.112.110) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ambaṣṭha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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ambaṣṭha (अंबष्ठ).—m A caste or an individual of it. It is the produce of a Brahman with a Wyshya woman.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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-English dictionary

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Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—

1) The offspring of a man of the Brāhmaṇa and a woman of the Vaiśya tribe; ब्राह्मणाद् वैश्यकन्यायामम्बष्ठो नाम जायते (brāhmaṇād vaiśyakanyāyāmambaṣṭho nāma jāyate) Ms.1.8,13.15; Y.1.91. cf. also अम्बष्ठानां दार्विहोमिको ब्राह्मणः (ambaṣṭhānāṃ dārvihomiko brāhmaṇaḥ) | ŚB. on MS.8.4.2. (According to Ms.1.47 the duty of an ambaṣṭha is the curing of diseases; ambaṣṭhānāṃ cikitsitam).

2) An elephant-driver. अपश्यत्कुवलयापीडं कृष्णोऽम्बष्ठप्रचोदितम् (apaśyatkuvalayāpīḍaṃ kṛṣṇo'mbaṣṭhapracoditam) Bhāg.1.43.2. (pl.)

3) Name of a country and its inhabitants (they seem to have occupied the country to the east of Tākṣaśilā, comprising the modern district of Lahore.)

-ṣṭhā Name of several plants:-(a) गणिका, यूथिका (gaṇikā, yūthikā) (Mar. juī); (b) पाठा (pāṭhā) (Mar. pāhāḍamūḷa). (c) चुक्रिका (cukrikā) (Mar. cukā); (d) another plant (Mar. ambāḍā).

-ṣṭhā, -ṣṭhī An Ambaṣṭha woman.

Derivable forms: ambaṣṭhaḥ (अम्बष्ठः).

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Āmbaṣṭha (आम्बष्ठ).—An inhabitant of Ambaṣṭha.

Derivable forms: āmbaṣṭhaḥ (आम्बष्ठः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ambaṣṭha (अम्बष्ठ).—m.

(-ṣṭhaḥ) 1. The name of a country, stated to be in the eastern division of India, and supposed by Mr. Wilford, to be the abode of the AmbastŒ of Arrian. 2. The offspring of a man of the Brahman, and a woman of the Vaisya tribe, a man of the medical cast. f.

(-ṣṭhā) 1. A sort of jasmin, (Jasminum auriculatum.) 2. A plant, (Cissampelos hexandra.) See vanatiktikā. 3. Woodsorrel, (Oxalis corniculata, Rox.) E. ambā a mother, sthā to stand, and ka affix, what cherishes like a mother.

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