Durgandha, Durgandhā, Dur-gandha: 11 definitions


Durgandha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Durgandhā (दुर्गन्धा):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध, “unpleasant smell”) refers one to the “four smells” (gandha) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 37). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., durgandha). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध, “malodorous”) refers to “evil-smelling” and represents on of the two types of Gandha (odour), representing one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. The karmas rise of which gives the smell attribute to the body are called odour body-making karma (eg., durgandha).

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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

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

durgandha (दुर्गंध).—m (S) durgandhī f (S) An offensive smell, a stink: also attrib. ill-smelling.

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

durgandha (दुर्गंध).—m durgandhī f An offensive smell, a stink.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध).—a. ill-smelling. (-ndhaḥ) 1 bad odour, stink

2) any ill-smelling substance.

3) an onion.

4) the mango tree.

-ndham sochal salt.

Durgandha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dur and gandha (गन्ध).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध).—(?) , acc to Bendall and Rouse, Transl. 179 (compare note 3, implying support of Tibetan) danger of a bad destiny: sarva-durgandham (to be understood as °gandha- m-, with ‘hiatus-bridging’ m?) atikramāśvāsanam Śikṣāsamuccaya 183.12 (prose), giving confidence in passing beyond… If this is the meaning, surely the text must be corrupt.

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

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध).—mfn.

(-ndhaḥ-ndhā-ndhaṃ) Ill-smelling, ill-scented. m.

(-ndhaḥ) 1. Any Illsmelling substance. 2. The mango tree. n.

(-ndhaṃ) Soubarchala salt. E. dur bad, vile, and gandha smell. duḥsthitaḥ gandhaḥ asya .

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

Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध).—[adjective] ill-smelling; [masculine] = seq.

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

1) Durgandha (दुर्गन्ध):—[=dur-gandha] [from dur] m. bad smell, stink, [Kauśika-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. ill-smelling, stinking, [Harivaṃśa; Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] m. the mango-tree (= āmra), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] an onion, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

5) [v.s. ...] n. sochal-salt, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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