Gulma; 13 Definition(s)


Gulma means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Gulma (गुल्म) refers to a “tumor”, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and Suśruta-saṃhitā.

2) Gulma is a Sanskrit medical term used in Ayurveda meaning “abdominal glands”.

3) Gulma (गुल्म, “bush, shrub”).—One the classifications of plants according to their stature. Gulmas are succelent scrubs of various types (like Bhāṭhā). The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Gulma is listed as a classification for plants in the following sources:

The Manusmṛti 1.46-48 by Manu (also known as the Manusaṃhitā and Mānavadharmaśāstra).
The Kiraṇāvalī by Udayanācārya, which is a commentary on the Praśastapādabhāṣya.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Gulma (गुल्म) refers to a tree (mahīja) without a trunk, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Gulma] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Note: from root to stem (where from branching starts) the position is known as ‘Prakāṇḍa’, therefore a Gulma is that tree, which starts branching from the very ground. This is more indicative of a shrub.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Gulma (गुल्म) refers to “abdominal mass”.—Gulma is a disorder characterized by tumour-like hard (round) mass unstable in size and consistency, moving or immobile, situated in bowel and caused predominantly by vāta. The symptoms of the disease are as follows—loss of digestion, anorexia, difficulty in excretion of urine, faeces and flatus; hard flatulence, upward movement of wind and gurgling sound.

Source: Google Books: Ṣoḍaśāṅgahṛdayam: Essentials of Ayurveda

Gulma (गुल्म) refers to “abdominal lump”. Medicinal formulations in the management of this condition include 22 references of Vatsanābha usages. Guṭikā is maximum (16) dosage form in the management of Gulma. Vatsanābha (Aconitum ferox), although categorized as sthāvara-viṣa (vegetable poisons), has been extensively used in ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Source: Research Gate: Internal applications of Vatsanabha (Aconitum ferox wall)
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Gulma (गुल्म) refers to “branchless shrubs”. These plants are used to mark the boundary between two villages. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.247)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Gulma (गुल्म).—See under Akṣauhiṇī.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Gulma (गुल्म).—A son of Sārāṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 165.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

Gulma (गुल्म) is the name of a son of Somaśarman, a Brāhman from Supratiṣṭhita, whose storiers are related in the ‘story of Guṇāḍhya’, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 6. Somaśarman had 2 sons named Vatsa and Gulma, and he also had a daughter named Śrutārthā.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gulma, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Gulma refers to a “tumour in abdomen”. (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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

gulma (गुल्म).—n S A disease, any glandular enlargement, as variously situated, in the abdomen. 2 The spleen. 3 A division of an army of a particular amount and composition. 4 A knot. 5 A bump or tumor. 6 A tangled and dense or a spreading bush. The classification of the four great forms of the vegetable kingdom is tṛṇa, vṛkṣa, gulma, latā Grass or herb, tree, spreading bush, scandent shrub.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gulma (गुल्म).—n Any glandular enlargement in the abdomen. The spleen. A bump or tumour. A division of an army of a particular amount and composition. A tangled and dense bush.

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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