Gorakshi, Gorakṣī, Go-rakshi: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Gorakshi 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 term Gorakṣī can be transliterated into English as Goraksi or Gorakshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Gorakṣī (गोरक्षी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant possibly identified with Adansonia digitata Linn. or “African baobab” from the Malvaceae or “mallows” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.94-95 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu.

Gorakṣī is mentioned as having seven synonyms: Sarpadaṇḍī, Dīrghadaṇḍī, Sudaṇḍikā, Citralā, Gandhabahulā, Gopālī and Pañcaparṇikā.

Properties and characteristics: “Gorakṣī is sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta), cooling (śiśira) and relieves burning sensations. It alleviates the diseases due to pitta and is useful in boils, vomiting, diarrhoea and fevers”.

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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 dictionary

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

1) Gorakṣī (गोरक्षी):—[=go-rakṣī] [from go-rakṣa > go] f. Name of several plants used for forming fences (gandha-bahulā, go-pālī, citralā, dīrgha-daṇḍī, pañca-parṇikā, sarpa-daṇḍī, su-daṇḍikā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] = kṣatumbī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] = kṣa-dugdhā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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