Gagadhara, Gāgadhara, Gaga-dhara: 1 definition

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Source: Research Gate: On Fish in Manasollasa (c. 1131 AD)

Gāgadhara (गागधर) refers to a type of fish identified with Xenentodon cancila Ham., as mentioned in the 12th-century Mānasollāsa or Abhilaṣitārthachintāmaṇi, an ancient Sanskrit text describing thirty-five kinds of marine and fresh water fishes.—Dhara in Sanskrit means possessing or holding. Gag does not have any specific meaning. Hora (1951) has assumed that gag could be a phonetic variant of kag, which means a crow. Hora suggested that this could be a fish having a crow-like beak, which made Xenedoton cancila Ham. a good candidate. Xenedoton cancila is a garfish and has a long well toothed jaw. It is an inland, scaly, and small fish. This fish is called kaduru in Telugu, which is phonetically close to the word gagdhara. We agree with Hora’s identification.

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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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