Dohada, Dōhada: 16 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Dohad.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dohada (दोहद) (or Dauhada) refers to “pregnancy”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Menā bore the characteristic signs of pregnancy which almost indicated the imminent rise in pleasure of her lord and served as the auspicious cause for the future bliss of the gods. [...] Whatever product of the mountain she wished to have in the course of her pregnancy [i.e., dauhada] she found brought to her. There was nothing which he, the lord of the mountain, could not accomplish in the heaven too. Surmounting the difficulties of the early days of pregnancy [i.e., dohada], she grew more plump in her limbs. Menā then shone like a tender creeper putting forth more leaves and flowers. [...]”.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (ayurveda)

Dohada (दोहद) refers to “(that which produces the) cravings (of a pregnant woman)”, according to the Kāśyapasaṃhitā (Khilasthāna, verse 9.43-45ab) in a chapter on abdominal swelling caused by vitiation of the blood.—Accordingly, “Listen to the cause of that which produces the cravings (dohada) [of a seemingly pregnant woman with raktagulma]. Generally, there is desire for those tastes which cause an increase of the bodily constituents because of the true similarity of their origin. [When] the vitiated blood has a Vāta or Pitta [imbalance] and is accumulating, it fuels desire for tastes such as [those which are] acrid, sour, salty and so on”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Dohada (दोहद) refers to “desires during pregnancy”, according to the Mṛgāvatīcaritra (dealing with the lives of Jain female heroes), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—Accordingly, Mṛgāvatī was the wife of Śatānīka at Kosambī. During her pregnancy she had the desire (dohada) to bathe in a well of blood. When she came out, she was carried away by a bhāraṇḍa bird who thought she was a piece of flesh. Thanks to a bracelet that two unknown people had brought to the king, the latter was finally able to find her, and their son Udayana, in an ascetic grove.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dōhada (दोहद).—n S The longings of pregnancy. 2 fig. The longings of trees or plants in blossoming time. Ex. aśōkāsa striyāñcā pādāghāta hēṃ dō0 āhē āṇi bakulāsa dō0 madyācī guḷaṇī.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

dōhada (दोहद).—n The longings of a pregnant woman.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dohada (दोहद).—[dohamākarṣa dadāti dā-ka]

1) (a) The longing of a pregnant woman; प्रजावती दोहदशंसिनी ते (prajāvatī dohadaśaṃsinī te) R.14. 45; उपेत्य सा दोहददुःखशीलतां यदेव वव्रे तदपश्यदाहृतम् (upetya sā dohadaduḥkhaśīlatāṃ yadeva vavre tadapaśyadāhṛtam) 3.6,7. (b) The desired object itself.

2) Pregnancy.

3) The desire of plants at budding time (as, for instance, of the Aśoka to be kicked by young ladies, of the Bakula to be sprinkled by mouthfuls of liquor &c.); महीरुहा दोहदसेकशक्तेराकालिकं कोरकमुद्गिरन्ति (mahīruhā dohadasekaśakterākālikaṃ korakamudgiranti) N.3.21;R.8.63; Meghadūta 78; see अशोक (aśoka).

4) Vehement desire; प्रवर्तितमहासमर- दोहदा नरपतयः (pravartitamahāsamara- dohadā narapatayaḥ) Ve.4.

5) Wish or desire in general.

Derivable forms: dohadaḥ (दोहदः), dohadam (दोहदम्).

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

Dohada (दोहद).—n.

(-daṃ) 1. Wish, desire. 2. The longing of a pregnant woman, especially as a sign of impregnation. E. doha here said to mean satisfaction, and da what gives.

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

Dohada (दोहद).— (a form of daurhṛda; cf. dauhṛda), m. and n. 1. The desired object of a pregnant woman, [Yājñavalkya, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 79. 2. The longing of pregnant women, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 9, 46. 3. Pregnancy, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 6. 4. Morbid desire, [Pañcatantra] 208, 19. 5. Desire, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 25, 45. 6. A kind of incense used as a manure, Pūrva Naiṣ. i. 82.

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

Dohada (दोहद).—[masculine] the longing of pregnant women, i.[grammar] ardent wish or desire of ([locative] or —°); pregnancy, [figuratively] of plants before blossoming.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Dohada (दोहद):—m. (also n., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]; probably Prākṛt for. daurhṛda [literally] sickness of heart, nausea) the longing of a pregnant woman for [particular] objects ([figuratively] said of plants which at budding time long to be touched by the foot or by the mouth [Raghuvaṃśa xix, 12] of a lovely woman)

2) any morbid desire or wish for ([locative case] or [compound] f(ā). ), [Yājñavalkya; Rāmāyaṇa; Kālidāsa; Pañcatantra; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.

3) pregnancy

4) [according to] to Luders [from] duhalī = dvihṛd, ‘pregnant’.

5) a kind of fragrant substance used as manure, [Naiṣadha-carita i, 82 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

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

Dohada (दोहद):—[doha-da] (daṃ) 1. n. Wish; longing of a pregnant woman; manuring.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dohada (दोहद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ḍohala, Dohala.

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Dohada in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dohada (दोहद) [Also spelled dohad]:—(nm) the longings of a pregnant woman.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dōhada (ದೋಹದ):—

1) [noun] the longing of a pregnant woman for a particular object.

2) [noun] a wish, desire, in gen.

3) [noun] the supposed longing of plants to be touched by the foot or mouth, at budding time.

4) [noun] a hollow, muscular organ of female mammals in which the ovum is deposited and the embryo and foetus are developed; the womb; the uterus.

5) [noun] the supposed art of making a plant flower.

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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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