Khotaka, aka: Khoṭakā; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Khoṭakā (खोटका):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Khoṭaka (खोटक).—(see also kṣoḍaka), khoḍaka, (kholaka ?), m. (or nt.; perh. compare AMg. khoḍa, log of wood ? JM. khoḍī, box ? or Deśī khoḍa(ga), peg, nail?), some part or append- age of a wall or rampart; acc. to pw 7.336 coping of a wall, a meaning said to be that of Sanskrit Lex. khoḍaka-śīrṣaka; in Mvy 5529 text erroneously koḍhakaḥ, but vv.ll. khoṭ°, khoḍ°, one of which must be read; Mironov khoṭakaḥ, v.l. khoḍh°; Tibetan lcog, turret, or śiṅ thags skabs daṅ sbyar; the last three words seem to mean fit for, adapted to (Das, s.v. skabs), and siṅ thags = wooden enclosure; this cpd. is used for khoṭaka LV 193.6 in Tibetan; khoṭaka occurs: LV 193.6 (verse) parikhā-khoṭaka-toraṇāś ca mahatā prākāra ucchrāpitā; Mv ii.193.14, read, aṭṭāla-khoṭaka-racite dṛḍha-prākāra-toraṇe (see Senart's note on iii.19.17, p 468); Gv 162.20 (mahānagaraṃ…aneka-)-ratna-kho- ṭaka-pratimaṇḍitaṃ, 21 sarve ca te ratnakhoṭakā…; 167.17 ratna-khoṭakāni; 202.26 sarva-ratna-khoṭaka-racita- prākāraṃ; khoḍaka, in Mv ii.484.16 = iii.19.17 (verse) ete udviddha- (ii.484.16 mss. oviddha)-prākārā aṭṭāṭṭālaka- khoḍakā (in iii.19.17 Senart °kholakā with 1 ms., the other quoted as °ṣodakā, doubtless misprint for °ṣoḍakā = °kho°); Divy 220.21, read (teṣu prākāreṣu caturvidhāḥ) khoḍakā (mss. ṣo°) māpitāḥ; AsP 486.1 (teṣāṃ…prākā- rāṇāṃ)…suvarṇasya khoḍaka-śīrṣāṇi (compare the Sanskrit Lex. cpd. cited above) pramāṇavanty upodgatāni.For another case see kṣoḍaka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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