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Elephant means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Elephant is a largest land animal living in Asia and Africa. In ancient India the elephant (in Sanskrit: gaja or hasti) is an important tool for Army as well as civil work of a King and also for temple rituals. Elephants are considered as vajra in war and also for different types of work. Only one elephant can win over six thousands horses. Hence one has to keep up the fitness of the elephants always. [...] Ancient Indian literature is flooded with information on animal care, health management, and treatment of disease. The Gaja-āyurvēda or Hasti-āyurvēda is mentioned in Veda, Pūraṇa, Brāhmaṇa epics. [...] The drugs, treatments enumerated in connection with diseases of horses may also be employed in the diseases of elephants. But the dosage is four times of that of a horse.—(Cf. Garuḍapurāṇa and the roga-sāmaka-kaṣāya).

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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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