Kalamegha, Kālamegha: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Kalamegha in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kālamegha (कालमेघ, “black cloud”) is a synonym for Bhūnimba, an herbaceous plant from the Acanthaceae family. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. 

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kalamegha [कालमेघ] in the Marathi language is the name of a plant identified with Andrographis paniculata (Burm. fil.) Nees from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family having the following synonyms: Justicia paniculata . For the possible medicinal usage of kalamegha, 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.

Kalamegha [कालमेघ] in the Nepali language, ibid. previous identification.

Kalamegha [कालमेघ] in the Sanskrit language, ibid. previous identification.

Source: Namah Journal: An overview of certain Āyurvedic herbs in the management of viral hepatitis

Kālamegha (कालमेघ) or Bhūnimba refers to the medicinal plant known as Andrographis paniculata (Burm. F.), Wall ex Nees., and is employed in the treatment of Kāmala.—Among the single and compound preparations described in Āyurveda for the treatment of kāmala, some of the drugs have been found to be effective. A scientific study of the drugs [viz., Kālamegha] was carried out and significant response observed.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Kālamegha (कालमेघ) refers to the medicinal plant Andrographis paniculata Nees., and is used as Kirātatikta (Swertia chirata (Roxb. Ex. Flem.) Kar.), which is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the Ayurvedic Formulary of India (as well as the Pharmacopoeia).—Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal. The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Kālamegha/Kirātatikta] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

Note: Kālamegha (Andrographis paniculata Nees) is also used as Kirātatikta but there is not mention of it in the ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India’. It is better known as Kālamegha.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kalamegha in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kālamegha (कालमेघ) is the name of an elephant (gaja) in the army of king Vikramāditya from Ujjayinī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 121. Accordingly, “... and the following speeches of the military officers, assigning elephants and horses, were heard in the neighbourhood of the city [Ujjayinī] when the kings started, and within the city itself when the sovereign started: ‘[...] and Raṇabhaṭa [must take] the furious elephant Kālamegha...’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kālamegha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Kālamegha (कालमेघ):—[=kāla-megha] [from kāla] m. a black cloud, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kādambarī]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an elephant, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Kalamegha 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»] — Kalamegha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kālamēgha (ಕಾಲಮೇಘ):—

1) [noun] the cloud that causes final dissolution of the universe.

2) [noun] the plant Andrographis paniculata (= Justicia paniculata) of Acanthaceae family.

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Kāḷamēgha (ಕಾಳಮೇಘ):—

1) [noun] the cloud that causes final dissolution of the universe.

2) [noun] the plant Andrographis paniculata (= Justicia paniculata) of Acanthaceae 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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