Holaka, Holāka, Holākā: 4 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Holaka (होलक) refers to “half ripened pulse” and is classified as a type of grain (dhānya) in the section on tṛṇadhānya (grassy grains) in the Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Tṛṇadhānya-prakaraṇa discusses the varieties and properties of grassy grains [...]. The properties of [viz., holaka (half ripened pulse)] are also discussed herein.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Holaka (होलक).—Chick-pea or pulse half parched in the pod (Mar. huḷā).

Derivable forms: holakaḥ (होलकः).

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Holāka (होलाक).—A kind of vapour-bath.

Derivable forms: holākaḥ (होलाकः).

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Holāka (होलाक).—A religious act performed by those that hail from east India; ये प्राच्या इति (ye prācyā iti) (samākhyātāḥ) ते होलाका- दीन् (te holākā- dīn) (kariṣyanti) ŚB. on MS.1.3.19.

Derivable forms: holākam (होलाकम्).

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Holākā (होलाका).—

1) The spring-festival celebrated at the approach of the spring season, during the ten but particularly three or four days preceding the fullmoon day in the month of Phālguna (commonly called Holi).

2) The full-moon day in the month of Phālguna.

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

Holākā (होलाका).—f.

(-kā) 1. The spring-festival held at the approach of the vernal season, the ceremony of throwing a red powder called Phag, (held during the ten days preceding the full-moon-day of the month of Falguna.) 2. The full-moon-day in the month of Falguna; also read holī f. (-lī).

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

1) Holaka (होलक):—m. half-ripe pulse cooked over a light fire, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

2) Holāka (होलाक):—m. a kind of vapour-bath (induced over hot ashes for the cure of [particular] diseases, by sweating; also with sveda), [Caraka]

3) Holākā (होलाका):—[from holāka] a f. See next.

4) b f. (perhaps from a cry or shout or sound in singing), the spring festival at the approach of the vernal equinox (commonly called Hūlī or Holī, and said to be dedicated to Kṛṣṇa and the Gopīs; it is celebrated during the ten days preceding the full moon of the month Phālguna, when people sprinkle red powder in sport and light fires; in some parts of India the Holī festival corresponds to or immediately precedes the Dolā-yātrā q.v.), [Religious Thought and Life in India 430.]

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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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