Anulepana: 15 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Anulepana in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

1) Anulepana (अनुलेपन):—Mode of administration of poison through an ointment.

2) Applying cosmetics, Coating

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Anulepana (अनुलेपन) refers to “(one who is smeared with) unguent”, according to the Brahmayāmala verse 21.72-73ab.—The renouncer in Vedic times wore ochre coloured clothes. This practice continues amongst Śaiva renouncers who attribute the origin of their orders to Śaṅkarācārya. Vaiṣṇava renouncers, who in their outer appearance resemble in many respects their Śaiva counterparts, generally wear white. Modern Śākta renouncers wear red clothes. A similar practice is recorded in the Brahmayāmala, a text that may well belong to the seventh or eighth century. In one of a series of vows (vrata) described there, the initiate may chose to perform he should wear “black and red clothes and no upper garment”. Another prescribes that: “wearing red clothes, a red garland and (smeared with) unguent [i.e., raktamālya-anulepana], he has red ornaments and holds an ascetic's staff. In particular, he should always carry a skull and a double-headed drum”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Anulepana in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

1) Anulepana (अनुलेपन) refers to “unguents”, according to the 9th-century Sarvajñānottaratantra chapter 18.—Accordingly, “Next, I shall teach the best observance among observances, which is known as the Śiva-vrata and which is revered by Asuras and Gods alike. Pure pale ash [should be used, and] white dress and unguents (anulepana); he should wear a white sacred thread and be adorned by a chignon of matted locks. He should be equipped with all [suitable] ornaments, [and] adorned with white garlands; he should consume [only the pure ritual gruel-offering known as] caru; he should observe the chaste conduct of a student; he should venerate Śiva, the fire and his Guru. [...]”.

2) Anulepana (अनुलेपन) (Cf. Anulepa) refers to “(divine) ointments”, according to the 13th-century Matsyendrasaṃhitā: a Kubjikā-Tripurā oriented Tantric Yoga text of the Ṣaḍanvayaśāmbhava tradition from South India.—Accordingly, “[Visualisation of Śakti]:—[...] She is anointed with divine ointments and she is dressed in divine clothes, with her loins exposed. Her thighs and shanks are beautiful. Her body is the ultimate essence of gracefulness. Her feet are embellished with anklets. She wears divine garlands and [has been anointed] with divine ointments (divya-anulepana). She is delighted by the wine she is enjoying. Her body is filled with passion. She is restless with wantonness. [This is how the Yogin] should visualise his lover as Śakti, O Maheśvarī”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Anulepana (अनुलेपन) refers to “smearing” (a white garment), according to the Svacchanda-tantra.—Accordingly, [verse 4.3-6, while describing the interpretation of dreams]—“In [auspicious] dreams [the dreamer] drinks wine, eats raw flesh, smears insect feces and sprinkles blood. He eats food of sour milk and smears a white garment (śvetavastra-anulepana). [He holds] a white umbrella over his head, decorates [himself] with a white garland or ribbon. [He sees] a throne, chariot or vehicle, the flag of royal initiation. He decorates [these things] with a coral, betel leaf fruit. [He also] sees Śrī or Sarasvatī”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Anulepana in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Anulepana (अनुलेपन) refers to “perfumed paste”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Venus also presides over perfumes, flowers, perfumed paste (anulepana), gems, diamonds, ornaments, lotus or conch shells, beds, bridegrooms, young men, young women, objects tending to provoke lustful desires and persons that eat good and sweet meals; over gardens, waters, voluptuaries and lewed men; over fame, comfort, generosity, beauty, and learning, over ministers, merchants, potters, birds and triphala”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anulepana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anulepana (अनुलेपन).—

1) Unction, anointing, smearing.

2) Ointment, unguent such as sandal juice, oil &c.; any emollient or oily application; °आर्द्रमृदङ्गध्वनि (ārdramṛdaṅgadhvani) K.28 rubbed with paste; सुरभिकुसुमधूपानुलेपनानि (surabhikusumadhūpānulepanāni) K.324.

Derivable forms: anulepanam (अनुलेपनम्).

See also (synonyms): anulepa.

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

Anulepana (अनुलेपन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Anointing the body with unguents. 2. Unguent so used. 3. Oily or emollient application E. anu, and lepana anointing.

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

Anulepana (अनुलेपन).—i. e. anu-lip + ana, n. Ointment, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 24.

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

1) Anulepana (अनुलेपन):—[=anu-lepana] [from anu-lip] n. anointing the body

2) [v.s. ...] unguent so used

3) [v.s. ...] oily or emollient application.

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

Anulepana (अनुलेपन):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-nam) 1) Anointing the body.

2) Unguent so used; as such are enumerated the unguents made of kuṅkuma (Crocus sativus), agniśikha (Arthamus tinctorius), kāśmīra (Costus speciosus), candana (Syrium myrtifolium) and śrīkhaṇḍa (Sandal wood).

3) Oily or emollient application (see the former meaning). E. lip with anu, kṛt aff. lyuṭ.

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

Anulepana (अनुलेपन):—[anu-lepana] (naṃ) 1. n. Idem.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Anulepana (अनुलेपन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Aṇulipaṇa, Aṇulevaṇa.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anulepana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Anulēpana (ಅನುಲೇಪನ):—[noun] = ಅನುಲೇಪ [anulepa].

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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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