Dantakashtha, aka: Danta-kashtha, Dantakāṣṭha; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Dantakāṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Dantakastha or Dantakashtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Dantakāṣṭha (दन्तकाष्ठ) refers to “tooth-brush” or “tooth-pick”, as well as the name of the 85th chapter of the Bṛhatsaṃhita.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Dantakāṣṭha (दन्तकाष्ठ, “tooth-brush”).—A man should leave his bed early in the morning and brush his teeth. The tooth-brush (danta-kashtha) should be made of a fresh twig of a tree or a plant grown on a commendable tract and it should be straight, not worm-eaten, devoid of any knot or at most with one knot only (on one side), and should be twelve fingers in length and like the small finger in girth. The potency and taste of the twig (tooth-brush) should be determined by or vary according to the season of the year and the preponderance of any particular Dosha in the physical temperament of its user. The twig of a plant possessed of any of the four tastes as sweet, bitter, astringent and pungent should be alone collected and used. Nimba is the best of all the bitter trees; Khadira of the astringent ones; Madhuka of the sweet; and Karanja of the pungent ones.

Note: A man of a kaphaja temperament should use a twig of a plant possessed of a pungent taste (tikta) in brushing his teeth. A man of a pittaja temperament should brush his teeth with a twig possessed of a s wēet taste (madhura), while a man of a vatika temperament (nervous) should use that with an astringent (kasaya) taste. This rule should be observed even in respect of the preponderant doshas of the body, in a disease.

Also see Sushruta-samhita, Cikitsastha Chapter XXIV: The rules of hygiene and general conduct.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume II
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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dantakāṣṭha (दंतकाष्ठ).—n (S) A fibrous or bruised stick used for cleaning the teeth.

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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Dantakāṣṭha (दन्तकाष्ठ).—a piece of stick or twig used as a tooth-brush.

Derivable forms: dantakāṣṭham (दन्तकाष्ठम्).

Dantakāṣṭha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms danta and kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).

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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