Hamsapadi, Hamsapadī, Haṃsapādī, Hansapadī, Haṃsapādi: 10 definitions


Hamsapadi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, biology. 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

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

1) Haṃsapādī (हंसपादी):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

2) Haṃsapādi (हंसपादि):—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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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 and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Haṃsapādī (हंसपादी).—A Laukikya Apsaras.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 10.
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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)

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Haṃsapādī (हंसपादी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant possibly identified with Adiantum lunulatum Burm. from the Pteridaceae family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.109-113 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Haṃsapādī is claimed as a variety of Lajjālu by Dh. and Rājanighaṇṭu.

Haṃsapādī is mentioned as having twenty-five synonyms: Raktapādī, Tripadā, Haṃsapādikā, Ghṛtamaṇḍalikā, Viśvagranthi, Tripādikā, Vipādī, Kīṭamārī, Hemapādī, Madhusravā, Karṇātī, Tāmrapatrī, Vikrāntā, Suvahā, Brahmādanī, Padāṅgī, Śītāṅgī, Sutapādukā, Sañcāriṇī, Padikā, Prahlādī, Kīlapādikā, Godhāpadī, Haṃsāṅghrī and Dhārtarāṣṭrapadī.

Properties and characteristics: “Haṃsapādī is pungent (kaṭu), and hot (uṣṇa). This is an antidote to poisons and it controls the effects of bad souls. It cures illusion and epilepsy. It is also considered rasāyanī (rejuvenating)”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Jainism glossary
Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Haṃsapādī (हंसपादी) is the name of an Apsaras, instructed by Śakra to help in the preparations of Ṛṣabha’s wedding-preparations, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.


“[...] Then having ascertained the Lord’s purpose, Purandara at once summoned gods for the tasks of the wedding-preparations.—‘[...] Put the groom’s chair in the proper place, Amlocā. Bring the brides’ and groom’s shoes, Haṃsapādī; quickly smear the pavilion-ground with cow-dung, Puñjikāsthalā. [...]’. From the bustling of the Apsarases instructing each other in this way, and frequently calling names, a mighty tumult arose”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Biology glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Hamsapadi [हंसपादी] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Indigofera linnaei Ali from the Fabaceae (Pea) family having the following synonyms: Indigofera enneaphylla, Hedysarum prostratum. For the possible medicinal usage of hamsapadi, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Hamsapadi in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Coldenia procumbens from the Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) family.

Hamsapadi [हंसपदी] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Grona triflora (L.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi from the Fabaceae (Pea) family having the following synonyms: Desmodium triflorum, Meibomia triflora, Hedysarum triflorum.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Hamsapadi in India is the name of a plant defined with Adiantum lunulatum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Adiantum philippense L. (among others).

2) Hamsapadi is also identified with Adiantum philippense It has the synonym Adiantum arcuatum Sw. (etc.).

3) Hamsapadi is also identified with Desmodium triflorum It has the synonym Meibomia triflora (L.) Kuntze var. pilosa Kuntze (etc.).

4) Hamsapadi is also identified with Didymochlaena truncatula It has the synonym Adiantum philippense L. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Flore de Madagascar et des Comores (1958)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Journal of Japanese Botany (1996)
· Contributions from the United States National Herbarium (1974)
· Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis (1825)
· Repertorium Botanices Systematicae. (1842)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Hamsapadi, for example diet and recipes, health benefits, extract dosage, side effects, pregnancy safety, chemical composition, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Haṃsapadī (हंसपदी):—[=haṃsa-padī] [from haṃsa-pada > haṃsa] f. Name of various plants ([according to] to [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ‘a species of Mimosa and Cissus Pedata’), [Caraka]

2) [v.s. ...] a kind of metre, [Colebrooke]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of an Apsaras, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

4) Haṃsapādī (हंसपादी):—[=haṃsa-pādī] [from haṃsa-pāda > haṃsa] f. Name of a plant = (or [wrong reading] for) haṃsa-padī

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Haṃsapadī (हंसपदी):—[haṃsa-padī] (dī) 3. f. A scandent shrub or a plant.

[Sanskrit to German]

Hamsapadi in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Hamsapadi in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Haṃsapadi (ಹಂಸಪದಿ):—[noun] = ಹಂಸಪಾದಿ [hamsapadi].

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Haṃsapādi (ಹಂಸಪಾದಿ):—

1) [noun] the potherb Amaranthus caudatus ( = A. campestris) of Amaranthaceae family.

2) [noun] the vine Cissus pedata of Vitaceae family; Iguana's foot vine.

3) [noun] the plant Coldenia procumbens of Boraginaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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