Hamsapada, aka: Haṃsapāda, Haṃsapādā, Haṃsapada, Hamsa-pada; 4 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[Hamsapada in Rasashastra glossaries]

Haṃsapāda (हंसपाद):—One of the two varieties of Hiṅgūla (‘cinnabar’), which is a medicinal and alchemical drug from the Sādhāraṇarasa group, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra. The literal translation of the Sanskrit word Haṃsapāda is “Goose feet”, it is composed of the words Haṃsa (‘goose’) and Pāda (‘foot’). It is also known as Pāka.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Haṃsapāda is a variety of Hiṅgūla (“Cinnabar”).—Also known as Pāka. It is like a red pravāla (coral) and is full of śalākās (long niddle like structures) and considered the best variety.

(Source): Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6
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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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Purana

[Hamsapada in Purana glossaries]

Haṃsapādā (हंसपादा).—An Apsaras.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 8.
(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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Hamsapada in Sanskrit glossaries]

Haṃsapada (हंसपद).—a particular weight (karṣa).

Derivable forms: haṃsapadaḥ (हंसपदः).

Haṃsapada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms haṃsa and pada (पद).

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Haṃsapāda (हंसपाद).—

1) vermilion.

2) quick-silver.

Derivable forms: haṃsapādam (हंसपादम्).

Haṃsapāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms haṃsa and pāda (पाद).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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