Danti, aka: Dantī, Dānti; 5 Definition(s)


Danti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Dantī (दन्ती):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

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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Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Dantī (दन्ती):—A Sanskrit word referring to the “wild croton”, a plant species from the Euphorbiaceae (euphorbias) family, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known as Dantikā. Its official botanical name is Baliospermum montanum and is commonly referred to in english as “wild croton”, “wild castor” and “wild sultan seed”. It is found throughout the Himalayan tracts such as Khasi Hills and Kashmir.

This plant (Dantī) 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.

2) Dantī (दन्ती):—A Sanskrit word referring to “snaketooth” and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known as Nāgavinnā. Its official botanical name is Baliospermum solanifolium. It is found throughout areas such as the Indochina, Himalayas and Yunnan.

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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Dantī (दन्ती, “elephant”) refers to the first of eight yoni (womb), according to the Mānasāra. It is also known by the name Gajā. Yoni is the fourth of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular yoni (eg., dantī) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). The first, third, fifth and seventh yonis are considered auspicious and therefore to be preferred, and the rest, inauspicious and to be avoided.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

dantī (दंती).—a (S) Having teeth--a comb, an elephant, a wheel &c.

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dantī (दंती).—f S A plant, Ficus parasitica.

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

Dānti (दान्ति).—f. [dam-ktin]

1) Self-restraint, subjection, control.

2) The patient endurance of bodily mortifications, religious austerities &c.

3) Humiliation.

Derivable forms: dāntiḥ (दान्तिः).

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Dānti (दान्ति).—See under दम् (dam).

Derivable forms: dāntiḥ (दान्तिः).

See also (synonyms): dānta.

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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