Gandhapushpa, Gandhapuṣpa, Gandha-pushpa, Gandhapuṣpā, Gamdhapushpa: 12 definitions

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Gandhapushpa 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.

The Sanskrit terms Gandhapuṣpa and Gandhapuṣpā can be transliterated into English as Gandhapuspa or Gandhapushpa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Gandhapushpa in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प) [=Gandhapuṣpaka?] refers to “scents and flowers”, used in the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[...] worship of Rudra shall be performed at first and a fine cloth (susundara-vastra) shall be spread over the liṅga. The rice grains (taṇḍula) shall be put over the cloth at the time of worship. At the end of worship, a coconut fruit (śrīphala) shall be placed with scents and flowers (gandhapuṣpa) etc. and fumigated with incense (dhūpa). The devotee shall attain the benefit of worship”.

2) Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प) refers to “sweet-smelling flowers”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.21. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] When Kāma (God of Love) reached the vicinity of Śiva, Spring spread all his splendour in accord with the inclination of the lord. [...] When that excellent season set in, the gentle Malaya breeze fragrant and delightful due to sweet smelling flowers (gandhapuṣpa) blew all round”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Gandhapushpa in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Gandhapuṣpā (गन्धपुष्पा) is another name for Nīlī, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Indigofera tinctoria Linn. (“true indigo”), according to verse 4.80-83 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Gandhapuṣpā and Nīlī, there are a total of thirty Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Gandhapushpa in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प) refers to “(decorated with) sandal paste and flowers”, according to Govinda Daivajña’s Pīyūṣadhārā (verse p.424), a commentary on Rāma Daivajña’s Muhūrtacintāmaṇi (AD 1600).—Accordingly, “[...] After having seen the rise of half of the Sun’s orb, or the setting of the half likewise, the instrument having the aforementioned characteristics should be deposited, with this sacred formula.—{‘Should be deposited’ means ‘in a basin filled with water’. Thus spoke Nārada: In a copper basin, which is filled with water, which is decorated with sandal paste and flowers [i.e., gandhapuṣpa], which is situated upon grains of rice on a pure ground, and which is endowed with jewels (ratnayuta), after noticing the rise of half of the Sun’s orb, [the bowl] should be deposited. He also taught the sacred formula.}—[...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gandhapushpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प).—

1) the Vetasa plant.

2) The Ketaka plant. (-ṣpam) 1 a fragrant flower.

2) flowers and sandal offered to deities at the time of worship.

Derivable forms: gandhapuṣpaḥ (गन्धपुष्पः).

Gandhapuṣpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gandha and puṣpa (पुष्प).

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Gandhapuṣpā (गन्धपुष्पा).—an indigo plant.

Gandhapuṣpā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gandha and puṣpā (पुष्पा).

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

Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प).—m.

(-ṣpaḥ) 1. A kind of cane, (Calamus rotang.) 2. Another plant, (Alangium hexapetalum:) see aṅkoṭa. 3. Sebesten. (Cordia myxa.) f.

(-ṣpā) 1. The indigo plant. 2. Ganiyari, (Premna spinosa, &c.) see gaṇikārī. n.

(-ṣpaṃ) Flowers and Sandal presented together at seasons of worship. E. gandha smell, and puṣpa flower; having odoriferous flowers.

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

Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प).—I. n. a fragrant flower. Ii. m. the name of several plants.

Gandhapuṣpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gandha and puṣpa (पुष्प).

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

1) Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प):—[=gandha-puṣpa] [from gandha] n. a fragrant flower, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 73, 19]

2) [v.s. ...] flowers and sandal (presented together at seasons of worship), [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Calamus Rotang, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Alangium hexapetalum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Cordia Myxa

6) Gandhapuṣpā (गन्धपुष्पा):—[=gandha-puṣpā] [from gandha-puṣpa > gandha] f. the Indigo plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Pandanus odoratissimus

8) [v.s. ...] = gaṇikārī (Premna spinosa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Gandhapuṣpa (गन्धपुष्प):—[gandha-puṣpa] (ṣpaḥ) 1. m. A kind of reed of cane. (ṣpā) f. Indigo. n. Flower and sandal used in worship.

[Sanskrit to German]

Gandhapushpa 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gandhapushpa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gaṃdhapuṣpa (ಗಂಧಪುಷ್ಪ):—[noun] a kind of plant.

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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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