Ashtadravya, Aṣṭadravya, Ashtan-dravya: 3 definitions



Ashtadravya 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 Aṣṭadravya can be transliterated into English as Astadravya or Ashtadravya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ashtadravya in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aṣṭadravya (अष्टद्रव्य).—Eight substances of great medicinal value. (1) Arayāl, (Aśvattha—Fig tree) (2) Atti (Udumbara—Keg tree) (3) Plāśu (Palāśa—Downy branch butea) (4) Perāl (Vaṭa-Banyan tree) (5) Camata (6) Ellu (Ṣesame) (7) Vāyasa (Kṛṣṇāguru cedar tree (8) Ghee.

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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 dictionary

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

Aṣṭadravya (अष्टद्रव्य).—the eight materials of a sacrifice; अश्वत्थोदुम्बुरप्लक्षन्यग्रोधसमिधस्तिलाः । सिद्धार्थपायसाज्यानि द्रव्याण्यष्टौ विदुर्बुधाः (aśvatthodumburaplakṣanyagrodhasamidhastilāḥ | siddhārthapāyasājyāni dravyāṇyaṣṭau vidurbudhāḥ) ||

Derivable forms: aṣṭadravyam (अष्टद्रव्यम्).

Aṣṭadravya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and dravya (द्रव्य).

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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»] — Ashtadravya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṣṭadravya (ಅಷ್ಟದ್ರವ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] (pl.) eight substances used in the Gaṇapati sacrifice; (as jaggery, coconut, ghee, plantain, etc.).

2) [noun] (pl.) eight general items used in every sacrifice (as the wood pieces of peepul tree, fig tree, ghee, etc.).

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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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