Amritalata, Amṛtalatā, Amrita-lata: 5 definitions

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Amritalata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Amṛtalatā can be transliterated into English as Amrtalata or Amritalata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Amṛtalatā (अमृतलता) is the wife of Ratnādhipati: a king from Ratnakūṭa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 36. Accordingly, “... when the king [Ratnādhipati] heard that he was glad, and summoned his own carefully guarded chief wife, Amṛtalatā. When the elephant [Śvetaraśmi] did not rise up, though she touched it with her hand, the king had all his other wives summoned. But though they all touched the elephant in succession he did not rise up: the fact was, not one among them was chaste”.

The story of Amṛtalatā and Ratnādhipati was narrated by Ratnaprabhā in order to demonstrate that “women of good family are guarded by their own virtue as their only chamberlain; but even God himself can scarcely guard the unchaste” in other words, “in no case can anyone guard a woman by force in this world, but the young woman of good family is ever protected by the pure restraint of her own chastity”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Amṛtalatā, 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Amṛtalatā (अमृतलता) is another name for Guḍūcī, a medicinal plant identified with Tinospora cordifolia (heart-leaved moonseed) from the Menispermaceae or “moonseed family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.13-16 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Amṛtalatā and Guḍūcī, there are a total of thirty Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amṛtalatā (अमृतलता).—a nectar-giving creeping plant (guḍūcī).

Amṛtalatā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and latā (लता). See also (synonyms): amṛtalatikā.

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

Amṛtalatā (अमृतलता):—[=a-mṛta-latā] [from a-mṛta > a-mūla] f. a creeping plant that gives nectar, [Pañcatantra]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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