Haridra, aka: Haridrā; 9 Definition(s)

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Haridra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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)

[Haridra in Ayurveda glossaries]

Haridrā (हरेणु, “yellow”) is a Sanskrit word translating to “turmeric”, a herb from the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family of flowering plants, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It can also refer to the powder made from the root. It is also known by the name Varavarṇinī in Sanskrit, and as Haldī in Hindi. The official botanical name is Curcuma longa.

This plant (Haridrā) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known as Rajanī or Niśā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Haridrā (Curcuma longa): In Caraka Samhitā, Haridrā has been classified as curative of skin diseases (Kuṣṭhaghna), anti-obesity and scarifying (Lekhanīya), antidote to poisoning (Viśaghna) and has been recommended for the treatment of jaundice, cough, coryza, senility and impaired vision.

(Source): PMC: Ayurvedic management of postlumbar myelomeningocele surgery
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Haridra in Hinduism glossaries]

Haridrā is a herb used in Ayurveda medicine commonly known as Curcuma longa.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Haridrāḥ: In Sanskrit this means “The One Who is Golden Colored.” This is one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha

(Source): JQ's Likhita Japa Journal: Hinduism

Haridra is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. It is used throughout the world in culinary preparations. It gives many curries and even prepared mustard its distinctive yellow color. It may be used as a substitute for saffron in the 12 herb elixir. Haridra means yellow. Haridra is also called haldi (meaning yellow) and gauri (which is a name for Parvati the Shakti of Lord Shiva).

(Source): Soma Matha Spiritual Center: Haridrā

Haridra is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. It is used throughout the world in culinary preparations. It gives many curries and even prepared mustard its distinctive yellow color. It may be used as a substitute for saffron in the 12 herb elixir. Haridra means yellow. Haridra is also called haldi (meaning yellow) and gauri (which is a name for Parvati the Shakti of Lord Shiva).

(Source): Soma Matha: Haridrā (Turmeric)

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Haridra in Marathi glossaries]

haridra (हरिद्र).—n (Corr. from hārda S) Meaning, mind, mental intention.

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haridrā (हरिद्रा).—f (S) Turmeric,--the plant or the root, Curcuma longa.

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hāridra (हारिद्र).—a S Belonging or relating to turmeric.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

haridra (हरिद्र).—n Meaning, mental intention.

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haridrā (हरिद्रा).—f Turmeric-the plant or the root.

(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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Haridra in Sanskrit glossaries]

Haridra (हरिद्र).—The yellow sandal tree.

Derivable forms: haridraḥ (हरिद्रः).

See also (synonyms): haridraka.

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Haridrā (हरिद्रा).—[hariṃ pītavarṇaṃ dravati dru-gatau-ḍa]

1) Turmeric.

2) The root of turmeric powdered; see Malli. on N.22.49.

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Hāridra (हारिद्र).—

1) A yellow colour; हारिद्रवर्णं सुसुखं च शुक्लम् (hāridravarṇaṃ susukhaṃ ca śuklam) Mb.12.28.33.

2) The Kadamba tree.

3) A kind of vegetable poison.

4) A kind of fever.

-dram Gold; तथापि नालोकि तदस्य रूपं हारिद्रभङ्गाय वितीर्णभङ्गम् (tathāpi nāloki tadasya rūpaṃ hāridrabhaṅgāya vitīrṇabhaṅgam) N.6.45;7. 13. -a. yellow, yellow-coloured.

Derivable forms: hāridraḥ (हारिद्रः).

(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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