Darada, aka: Daradā, Dārada, Dara-da; 7 Definition(s)
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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Darada (दरद, “Cinnabar”):—Sanskrit technical term used in Rasaśāstra literature (Medicinal Alchemy) such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara or the Rasaratna-samuccaya. Darada is an ingredient which can be used in combinations with Rasa (mercury) in various recipes.(Source): Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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.
1) Darada (दरद).—King of an ancient country known as Bālhīka. It is stated in Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 58 that this King was the incarnation of a portion of the asura named Sūrya. At the time of his birth the earth was cleaved because of his weight.
2) Darada (दरद).—An ancient country in North East India. The people of this country were called the Daradas. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 27, that Arjuna conquered this country during his conquest of countries. The Daradas paid tribute to Yudhiṣṭhira. During their forest-life the Pāṇḍavas had passed through the country of the Daradas. At the beginning of the Bhārata-battle, the Pāṇḍavas had sent invitation to the Daradas also. But they fought on the side of the Kauravas. Mention is made in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 70, Stanza 11 that Śrī Kṛṣṇa had conquered the Darada country. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 121, that in the battle of Bhārata the Daradas attacked Sātyaki and that Sātyaki killed them.
3) Darada (दरद).—A tribe. At first they were Kṣatriyas. They grew jealous of the Brāhmaṇas and so they were changed to Śūdras. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 35, Stanza 17).(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Darada (दरद).—A Mahāratha; was stationed on the southern gate of Mathurā, and on the western gate of Gomanta by Jarāsandha when he besieged them.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 50. 11 ; 52. 11 .
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 49; 18. 47; 31. 83; IV. 16. 17; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 46; 144. 57.
- 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 118; 47. 44-5; 58. 83; 98. 108.
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.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Darada (दरद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.24.22, II.48.12, III.48.20, III.174.12, VI.10.66, VI.46.49, VI.47.16, VI.112.109, VIII.51.18) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Darada) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
Languages of India and abroad
daraḍa (दरड).—f (darad S) A bank, whether a steep acclivity or a high piece of ground.
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daraḍa (दरड).—n f R W Thick-growing grass. 2 Overgrown state with weeds and rank herbs, weediness.
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darada (दरद).—f m ( P) Ailment, disorder, disease; esp. used of an obstinately lingering remnant. 2 fig. Care, concern, regard, interest, feeling (for, about, in). 3 fig. The point, sting, beauty, spirit, significance (of a speech, a composition &c.) 4 m S Vermilion.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
daraḍa (दरड).—f m A bank, mount. n f Thick growing grass.
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darada (दरद).—f m Ailment, disorder, disease; esp used of an obstinately lingering remnant. Fig. Care, concern, regard, interest (for,about,in). Fig. The point, sting, beauty, spirit, significance (> a speech, composition &c.).(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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