Gopali, aka: Gopāli, Go-pali, Gopālī; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Gopālī (गोपाली).—A nymph. Once when Arjuna went to devaloka this celestial maiden gave a performance in dancing in his honour. (Chapter 43, Vana Parva).

2) Gopālī (गोपाली).—A follower of Skandadeva. (Śloka 4, Chapter 46, Śalya Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Gopāli (गोपालि).—One of the five Śveta Parāśaras.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 201. 33.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gopālī (गोपाली) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.4). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gopālī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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)

Gopālī (गोपाली) is another name for Gopālakarkaṭī, a medicinal plant possibly identified as a variety of Airvāru or Karkaṭī, which is identified with Cucumis utilisimus (snake cucumber) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.110-112 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Gopālī and Gopālakarkaṭī, there are a total of seven Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gopāli (गोपालि).—an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: gopāliḥ (गोपालिः).

Gopāli is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and pāli (पालि).

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Gopālī (गोपाली).—the wife of a cowherd; पार्थः प्रस्थापयामास कृत्वा गोपालिकावपुः (pārthaḥ prasthāpayāmāsa kṛtvā gopālikāvapuḥ) Mb.1.221.19.

Gopālī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and pālī (पाली). See also (synonyms): gopālikā.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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