Gomedaka, Go-medaka: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Manblunder: Journey to Śrī Cakrā

Gomedaka (गोमेदक ).—Known as “zircon”. It is said to alleviate the evil effects of Rahu. It is also believed that by wearing this gem, one will get rid of all his sins – source: Maṇimālā, an ancient treatise on gems.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gomedaka (गोमेदक).—See under Navaratna.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Gomedaka (गोमेदक) refers to a previous stone of light-red colour (in Pali known as gomattaka). It is a type of gemstone described in the “the second Avalokita-sūtra” of the Mahāvastu. Accordingly, when the Buddha (as a Bodhisattva) visited the bodhi-tree, several hunderd thousands of devas, in their place in the sky, adorned the Bodhisattva with several celestial substances. Then some of them envisioned the bodhi-tree as sparkling with gomedaka gems.

The stories found in this part of the Mahāvastu correspond to the stories from the avidūre-nidāna section of the Nidāna-kathā. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)

Gomedaka (गोमेदक) refers to “zircon”, and is the name of a type of precious stone (gem or jewel) typically used in ancient India. It is also known by the name Gomayajjae. Both the king (rājan) and the people used to keep previous stones as a part of their wealth and affluence. The king’s mansion was studded with precious stones of various kinds. The rich people possessed them in large quantity and used them in ornaments and for other purposes. The courtesans (gaṇiya) possessed costly jewels and their chambers were adorned with precious jewels. The palanquins of the kings, nobles and rich persons (śreṣṭhins) were inlaid with costly gems.

There were persons expert in the field of gem and jewels (e.g., gomedaka) called maṇikāras (jewellers). There is a reference of maṇikāra-śreṣṭhin in Rājagṛha who had abundant gems and jewels. Various ornaments of pearls and jewels are mentioned in the texts viz. Kaṇagāvali (necklace of gold and gems), rayaṇāvali (necklace of jewels), muttāvali (necklace of pearls), etc. The above description of the various agricultural, agro-based, mining or forestry occupations clearly depicts the high level of perfection achieved in the respective fields.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gomedaka (गोमेदक).—

1) see गोमेद (gomeda).

2) a kind of poison (kākola).

3) smearing the body with unguents.

Derivable forms: gomedakaḥ (गोमेदकः).

Gomedaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and medaka (मेदक).

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

Gomedaka (गोमेदक).—mn.

(-kaḥ-kaṃ) 1. A gem or precious stone brought from the Himalaya and Indus, described as of four sorts, white, pale yellow, red, and dark blue, perhaps varieties of a gate. 2. A kind of poison: see kākola. 6. Smearing the body with unguents. E. go the eye, mid to anoint, &c. affix ac and kan.

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

1) Gomedaka (गोमेदक):—[=go-medaka] [from go] m. n. Name of a gem (= da), [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi i, 5 and 7]

2) [v.s. ...] a kind of poison (?, kākola, for kakk ?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] = pattraka (smearing the body with unguents, [Horace H. Wilson]), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] the Dvīpa da, [Golādhyāya iii, 25; Matsya-purāṇa cxxii.]

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

Gomedaka (गोमेदक):—[(kaḥ-kaṃ)] 1. m. n. Idem. A kind of poison; smearing the body.

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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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gōmēdaka (ಗೋಮೇದಕ):—[noun] a silicate of zirconium, ZrSiO4, a mineral found in igneous and sedimentary rocks and occurring in tetragonal crystals coloured yellow, brown, red, etc., transparent varieties of which are used as gems; zircon.

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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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