Guggula: 10 definitions

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Guggula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Guggula (गुग्गुल) refers to “bdellium” and forms part of the cosmetics and personal decoration that was once commonly applied to one’s body in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Reference is made in the Nīlamata to various sorts of scents, perfumes, unguents, flowers and garlands. For example, Guggula is used for the worship of deities (verse 463).

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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)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Guggula (गुग्गुल) or Palaṅkaśa refers to the medicinal plant Commiphora mukul Engl. Syn. Commiphora wightii (Arnot.) Bhandari, Syn. Balsamodendron mukul Hook. Ex Stocks, and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2. Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal.  The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Guggula] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Śodhana: An Ayurvedic process for detoxification

Guggula (गुग्गुल) refers to the medicinal plant known Commiphora mukul Hook. Ex. Stocks. Engl.—Guggula is an oleo-gum resin containing dust, dry leaves, and other foreign materials. It is recommended that it should be used after purification, which makes it safer and more effective for use.

Guggula purification process (śodhana) involves svedana in dolā-yantra by using various media such as distilled water, Triphalā-kvātha, Godugdha and Gomūtra. When all the Guggula dissolves in media, poṭṭalī is to be removed and the liquid is evaporated to collect śodhita-guggula. It is indicated in the literature that Śodhana of Guggula may enhance specific action such as increasing mobile property, body tonic property, and bioavailability.

(cf. Rasendrasāra-saṅgraha and Bhaiṣajyaratnāvalī)

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Guggula.—(CII 4), bdellium. Note: guggula is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Guggula, (?) a kind of perfume J.VI, 537. (Page 252)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

guggula (गुग्गुल).—m S pop. gugūḷa m A fragrant gum, Bdellium. 2 A tree or gum, Amyris Agallocha. Rox. Pr. ghē gu0 dē prasāda Used where extravagant expectations are entertained from having rendered some trifling service.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

guggūla (गुग्गूल).—m A fragrant gum-bdellium.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Guggula (गुग्गुल).—A particular fragrant gum resin. (Mar. gugguḷa); Bṛ. S.57.3,5; गुग्गुलं पावकशिखं (guggulaṃ pāvakaśikhaṃ) ... Śiva. B.3.19.

Derivable forms: guggulaḥ (गुग्गुलः).

See also (synonyms): guggulu.

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

Guggula (गुग्गुल).—m.

(-laḥ) A gum resin: see the next.

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

1) Guggula (गुग्गुल):—m. (= lu) bdellium, [Harivaṃśa 6283; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā lvii, 3 and 5] ([varia lectio] lu)

2) [lxxvii, 9 (15). ]

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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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