Karaskara, Kāraskara: 12 definitions


Karaskara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Karaskara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kāraskara (कारस्कर).—A despised country of ancient times. There is a reference to this country in the Mahābhārata, Karṇa Parva, Chapter 44.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kāraskara (कारस्कर).—The kingdom of, unfit for śrāddha a southern tribe.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 14. 33 and 80; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 49; Vāyu-purāṇa 78. 23 and 69.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kāraskara (कारस्कर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.46.21, VIII.30.45) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kāraskara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Karaskara in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Kāraskara (कारस्कर) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Strychnos nux-vomica L” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning kāraskara] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Kāraskara (कारस्कर) is the name of an ingredient used in the treatment (cikitsā) of rat poison (ākhu-viṣa), according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Kāśyapa has recommended a slew of generic formulae that successfully neutralise rat poison.—According to Kāśyapasaṃhitā (verse 11.38cd-39cd): “Also recommended is the mixture of the skin of bitter gourd, turmeric powder, Phalinī flower and Kārīskara (Kāraskara), as a drink and lepa or ointment. A combination of milk, pepper and cut ripe plantain is also an effective remedy.”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Karaskara in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Karaskara in India is the name of a plant defined with Strychnos nux-vomica in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Strychnos nux-vomica var. oligosperma Dop (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Lloydia (1973)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Taxon (1980)
· Rumphia (1836)
· Mémoires de la Société Botanique de France (1910)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karaskara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāraskara (कारस्कर).—[kāra-s-kara P.VI.1.56.] Name of a tree (kiṃpāka; Mar. kucalā) Bhāgavata 5.14.12; कारस्करो वृक्षः (kāraskaro vṛkṣaḥ)

Derivable forms: kāraskaraḥ (कारस्करः).

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

Kāraskara (कारस्कर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A medicinal plant. 2. A tree. E. kāra toll, revenue, and kara what makes; sa is inserted in this sense, for the sake of euphony.

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

1) Kāraskara (कारस्कर):—m. ([Pāṇini 6-1, 156]), Name of a poisonous medicinal plant, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 14, 12]

2) a tree in general, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) m. [plural] Name of a people, [Mahābhārata ii, 1804; viii, 2066]

4) m. (vv.ll. kāraskāra and kāraskṛta.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāraskara (कारस्कर):—(raḥ) 1. m. A tree.

[Sanskrit to German]

Karaskara 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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