Gridhranakhi, Gṛdhranakhī, Gridhra-nakhi: 3 definitions

Introduction

Gridhranakhi 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 Gṛdhranakhī can be transliterated into English as Grdhranakhi or Gridhranakhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous (G) next»] — Gridhranakhi in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Gṛdhranakhī (गृध्रनखी):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

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context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (G) next»] — Gridhranakhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gṛdhranakhī (गृध्रनखी).—f. (-khī) 1. The jujube, (Zizyphus jujuba.) 2. A wild kind of the same, (Zizyphus nepeca.) E. gṛdhra a vulture, and nakha nail, having thorns like a vulture’s claws.

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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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