Arkapatra, Arka-patra: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र) refers to the “madder plant leaf utensils” (used for food) according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).—The food-utensils that are made of Arkapatra (madder plant leaf) have the following dietetic effects: kṛmighna and pittakṛt (kills worms and aggravates bile).

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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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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

1) Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र) represents the food taken in the month Śravaṇa for the Kṛṣṇāṣṭamī-Vrata, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Kṛṣṇāṣṭamī-vrata is observed in honour of Śiva. [...] It starts from the month of Mārgaśira. It is observed on the eighth tithi of the dark fortnight and for a year.—In Śravaṇa the tooth-brush is pālāsa-wood, deity is Śarva, food is arkapatra and the result is the region of Śiva.

2) Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र) flowers are also used in worship in the month Caitra for the Anaṅgatrayodaśī-Vrata.—Accordingly, the Anaṅgatrayodaśī-vrata is observed in honour of Śiva for acquiring virtue, great fortune, wealth and for destruction of sins [...] This vrata is to be performed for a year from Mārgaśīra.—In Caitra, the tooth-brush is that of jambu-wood. The food taken is karpura. The deity to be worshipped is Surūpa. The flowers used in worship are arkapatra. The naivedya offerings is kaṃsara. The result  accrued equals naramedha.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र).—Name of the plant अर्क (arka).

-trā a kind of birthwort (sunandā, arkamūlā) with wedge-shaped leaves.

-tram, -rṇam the leaf of the अर्क (arka) plant.

Derivable forms: arkapatraḥ (अर्कपत्रः).

Arkapatra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms arka and patra (पत्र). See also (synonyms): arkaparṇa.

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

Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र).—m.

(-traḥ) Swallow wort, (Calotropis gigantea.) f.

(-trā) A kind of birth wort, (Aristolochia Indica.) E. arka the swallow wort, and patra a leaf: the leaves of the two plants being similar.

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

Arkapatra (अर्कपत्र).—m. Calotropis gigantea; n. its leaf.

Arkapatra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms arka and patra (पत्र).

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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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