Apamarga, aka: Apāmārga, Apamārga; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Apāmārga (अपामार्ग) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “rough chaff tree”, a species of plant from the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) family, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of the plant is Achyranthes aspera and is known in English as the “chaff-flower” or “devil’s horsewhip”. The word Apāmārga is derived from the Sanskrit root √mṛj, meaning “to whipe” or “to wash”.

The plant Apāmārga is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā.

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.

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Apāmārga (अपामार्ग).—The name of a plant, possibly identified with Achyranthes aspera. It is used in various alchemical processess related to mercury (rasa or liṅga), according to the Rasārṇavakalpa (11th-century work dealing with Rasaśāstra).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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apāmārga (अपामार्ग).—m (S) A plant, Achyranthes aspera. The ashes (apāmārgakṣāra m) are used in washing clothes.

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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Apamārga (अपमार्ग).—

1) A by-path, side-way; a bad way.

2) Shampooing, rubbing &c. of the body (aṅgaparimārjanam) अमृतद्रवैर्विदधदब्जदृशामपमार्गमोषधिपतिः स्म करैः (amṛtadravairvidadhadabjadṛśāmapamārgamoṣadhipatiḥ sma karaiḥ) Śi.9.36.

Derivable forms: apamārgaḥ (अपमार्गः).

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Apāmārga (अपामार्ग).—[apamṛjyate vyādhyādiranena ityapāmārgaḥ, mṛj karaṇe ghañ kutvaṃ dīrghaśca P III.3.121. Sk.] Name of a plant Achyranthes Aspera (Mar. āghāḍā) largely used in medicine, washing teeth, sacrificial and other religious purposes and in incantations; अपामार्ग त्वया वयं सर्वं तदपमृज्महे (apāmārga tvayā vayaṃ sarvaṃ tadapamṛjmahe); अपामार्ग ओषधीनां सर्वासामेक इद्वशी (apāmārga oṣadhīnāṃ sarvāsāmeka idvaśī) | Av.

Derivable forms: apāmārgaḥ (अपामार्गः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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