Jivanti, aka: Jīvantī, Jīvanti; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Jīvantī (जीवन्ती) is a Sanskrit word referring Leptadenia reticulata (cork swallow wort), a plant species in the Apocynaceae family. Certain plant parts of Jīvantī are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. It is also known by the name Jīvantiśāka.

2) Jivanti (जिवन्ति):—One of the seven varieties of Harītakī (‘yellow myrobalan tree’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is a yellow-colored fruit and is useful in the treatment of all diseases. It is available throughout the Saurashtra region of Gujarath.

3) Jīvantī (जीवन्ती) is a Sanskrit word referring to Holostemma ada-kodien (holostemma creeper ), a plant species from the Apocynaceae family (previously Asclepiadaceae), and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The plant is native to Asia. The word Jīvantī is derived from Jīvanta, literally translating to “long-lived”.

4) Jīvantī (जीवन्ती) is another name for Hemajīvantī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Dregea volubilis (sneeze wort). It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 6.183), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Jīvantī (जीवन्ती) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Leptadenia reticulata (cork swallow-wort) from the Apocynaceae, or “dogbane family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.37-39 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Jīvantī is commonly known in Hindi as Jīvantī and Dodhī; in Marathi and Gujurati as Doḍī; in Telugu as Pālaṭige; and in Tamil as Pālakuḍaī;

Jīvantī is mentioned as having eighteen synonyms: Jīvanī, Jīvanīyā, Jīvā, Jīvyā, Jīvadā, Jīvadātrī, Śākaśreṣṭhā, Jīvabhadrā, Bhadrā, Maṅgalyā, Kṣudrajīvā, Yaśasyā, Śṛṅgāṭī, Jīvapṛṣṭhā, Kāñjikā, Śaśaśimbikā and Supiṅgalā.

Properties and characteristics: “Jīvantī is sweet and cold and increases kapha and semen. It alleviates vāta and quells rakta-pitta (bleeding disorders i.e. epistaxis or any other spontaneous bleeding by mouth and nose), tuberculosis, burning sensations and fevers”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Jīvanti (जीवन्ति).—A Bhārgava gotrakara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 18.
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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Jīvantī (जीवन्ती) is the name of a plant, part of which is considered a vegetable fit for use in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.128b-134 of the Īśvarasaṃhitā. Accordingly, “... they [eg., Jīvantī] are to be cut with a knife or sickle uttering vīryanantra, shall notice the (presence of the worms), insects and wash them (vegetables) many times, with water. They are to be kept as before, in cooking vessels, either alone or mixed up with each other with salt, pepper, mustards, jīraka, leaves of śrīparṇī, water, waters of the coconut, their fruits and grinded with honey mixed up with ghee, together with pulses, black gram, neem and varieties of green gram with soups. Kinds of green gram and others without soup but with salt and others”.

Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 5
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jīvantī (जीवन्ती).—f.

1) A species of plant.

2) A kind of sweet dish; कृसरेणाथ जीवन्त्या हविष्येण च सर्वशः (kṛsareṇātha jīvantyā haviṣyeṇa ca sarvaśaḥ) Mb.2.4.2.

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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