Apamarga, Apāmārga, Apamārga: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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 Ayurvedic 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: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Apāmārga (अपामार्ग) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Achyranthes aspera Linn. (“prickly chaff-flower”) from the Amaranthaceae or “amaranth” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.88-91 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Apāmārga is known in the Hindi language as Circiṭā, Cicaḍā or Laṭjirā; in the Bengali language as Apāṅga; in the Marathi language as Aghadha; in the Gujarati language as Agheḍo; in the Tamil language as Nayurivi; and in the Telugu language as Apāmārgam.

Apāmārga is mentioned as having twenty-two synonyms: Śikharī, Kiṇihī, Kharamañjarī, Durgraha, Adhaḥśalya, Pratyakpuṣpī, Mayūraka, Kāṇḍakaṇṭa, Śaikharika, Markaṭī, Durabhigraha, Vaśira, Parākpuṣpī, Kaṇṭī, Markaṭapippalī, Kaṭu, Māñjarika, Nandī, Kṣayaka, Paṅktikaṇṭaka, Mālākaṇṭaka and Kubja.

Properties and characteristics: “Apāmārga is pungent, bitter and hot. It quells vitiated kapha. It is indicated in piles, pruritis, improper digestive metabolism (āma-doṣa), abdominal disorders (udar-roga), blood disorders. It is astringent and emetic”.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Apāmārga (अपामार्ग) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Achyranthes aspera Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning apāmārga] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

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).

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Apāmārga (अपामार्ग) is the name of a flower used in the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11:—“[...] offerings of flowers, especially white flowers and rare flowers, shall be made to Lord Śiva. Flowers of Apāmārga, Karpūra, Jātī, Campaka, Kuśa, Pāṭala, Karavīra, Mallikā, Kamala (lotus) and Utpalas (lilies) of various sorts shall be used. When water is poured it shall be poured in a continuous stream”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Apāmārga (अपामार्ग).—m.

(-rgaḥ) A plant, (Achyranthes aspera.) E. apa, mṛja to clean, with āṅ prefixed, and ghañ affix; the ashes are used in washing linen.

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

Apamārga (अपमार्ग).—1. [masculine] by-road, side-way.

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Apamārga (अपमार्ग).—2. [masculine] wiping off, cleaning.

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

1) Apamārga (अपमार्ग):—[=apa-mārga] 1. apa-mārga m. a by-way, [Pañcatantra]

2) [=apa-mārga] [from apa-mṛj] 2. apa-mārga m. wiping off, cleaning, [Śiśupāla-vadha]

3) Apāmārga (अपामार्ग):—[=apā-mārga] m. (√mṛj), the plant Achyranthes Aspera (employed very often in incantations, in medicine, in washing linen, and in sacrifices), [Atharva-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā etc.]

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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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