Kalikari, Kalikārī, Kali-kari: 3 definitions


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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kalikari in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Gloriosa superba L. from the Liliaceae (Lily) family having the following synonyms: Gloriosa rothschildiana, Gloriosa cirrhifolia, Gloriosa nepalensis. For the possible medicinal usage of kalikari, 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.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kalikārī (कलिकारी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Gloriosa superba Linn. (‘flame lily’) from the Colchicaceae family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.128-130 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Kalikārī is commonly known in Hindi as Kalihāri; in Bengali as Bishalāṅguli; in Marathi as Lāṅgali; in Telugu as Agnisikhā; in Tamil as Akkinichilam; and in Kannada as Karihārī.

Kalikārī is mentioned as having fifteen synonyms: Lāṅgalinī, Halinī, Garbhapātinī, Dīpti, Viśalyā, Agnimukhī, Halī, Naktā, Indupuṣpikā, Vidyujjvālā, Agnijihvā, Vraṇahṛt, Puṣpasaurabhā, Svarṇapuṣpā and Vahniśikhā.

Properties and characteristics: “Kalikārī is pungent, hot and quells the vitiated kapha and vāta. It is highly ecbolic and laxative”. Notes: Caraka mentions it for the treatment of poisons and leprosy. Suśruta groups it among the eight Mūlaviṣas by the synonym Agnijvālā and it is purified by Gomūtra.

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

Kalikārī (कलिकारी):—[=kali-kārī] [from kali-kāra > kali] f. Methonica superba, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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