Granthi; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

The deranged and unusually aggravated Vāyu etc. (Pittam and Kapham), by vitiating the flesh, blood and fat mixed with the Kapham (of any part of the organism), give rise to the formation of round, knotty, elevated swellings which are called Granthi (Glandular inflammation).

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume II
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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Granthi refers to a kind of scrofula. (see Bhudeb Mookerji and his Rasajalanidhi)

Source: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Granthi (ग्रन्थि) or Argala refers to “knots” or “barriers” and impede the flow of the vital energy. Kṣemarāja explains their name as follows: “‘Knots’, such as the heart, are places where there is ‘crookedness’ of the vital energy (prāṇa)”. This crookedness that interrupts the flow of the vital energy occurs in the course of the breath, the prāṇacāra. Kṣemarāja adds that they are knots because they cause the reversion or turning away of consciousness (that accompanies the vital energy).

Earlier scriptural lists usually located only five granthis in the course of the vital energy (prāṇacāra) as the seats of the five Cause-deities (kāraṇa):

  1. Brahmā in the heart,
  2. Viṣṇu in the throat,
  3. Rudra in the palate,
  4. Īśvara in the forehead,
  5. Sadāśiva at the cranial apperture (nāsāgra).

In the systematization presented at Netratantroddyota 7.1cd–5 this has been expanded to twelve granthis.

Source: The Śaiva Yogas and Their Relation to Other Systems of Yoga
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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granthi (ग्रंथि).—m (S) granthikā f S A knot. 2 A knot or knob (in wood &c.) 3 A knot or joint of a reed; and fig. of the body. 4 fig. A tie, bond, connection (as of marriage &c.) 5 fig. A complexity or perplexity; any tangle or snare; or any entangling or ensnaring cause; as mōhagranthi, māyāgranthi, saṃśaya- granthi, ajñānagranthi.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

granthi (ग्रंथि).—m granthikā f A knot. A tie. A per- plexity, any tangle or snare.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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