Krishnasarpa, Kṛṣṇasarpa, Krishna-sarpa: 10 definitions

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Krishnasarpa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Kṛṣṇasarpa can be transliterated into English as Krsnasarpa or Krishnasarpa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प) is a Sanskrit word for the “black lance-hooded cobra”. There are steps for extracting its poison by enraging the snake and letting it bite a sugercane. The sugercane can be used in certain cased to potentially cure a patient. This is however only as a last-resort measurement and needs permission from the authorities. (See the Sushruta Chikitsasthana, chapter on ‘treatment of dropsy’.)

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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»] — Krishnasarpa in Kavya glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प) refers to “black serpents”, according to Bāṇa’s Kādambarī (p. 225-226).—Accordingly, while describing the shire of the Goddess Caṇḍikā, “[Then follows the image of the Goddess Caṇḍikā, which matches the conception of Kālarātri in the passage from the Mahābhārata:] [...] she bore the coquettish apparel of a woman going out to meet Mahākāla at night, with a vine-like body furnished with a raiment reddened with saffron-dye, with a face with red eyes, whose brows were furrowed into a frown, whose lip was crimsoned with betel that was blood, whose cheeks were reddened by the light shed from ear-ornaments of pomegranate flowers, with a forehead on which there was a tilaka dot of vermillion made by a Śabara beauty, covered by a magnificent gold turban. She was worshipped by goats... mice... antelope and black serpents (kṛṣṇasarpa)... She was praised on all sides by flocks of old crows; [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Krishnasarpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प).—m.

(-rpaḥ) A black snake. E. kṛṣṇa, and sarpa a snake.

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

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प).—m. a particular snake, Coluber Naga, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 16, 11; [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 233.

— Cf. [Latin] serpens,

Kṛṣṇasarpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṛṣṇa and sarpa (सर्प).

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

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प).—[masculine] a very venomous black serpent.

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

1) Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प):—[=kṛṣṇa-sarpa] [from kṛṣṇa] m. = -bhujaṃga, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Suśruta; Pañcatantra] etc.

2) Kṛṣṇasarpā (कृष्णसर्पा):—[=kṛṣṇa-sarpā] [from kṛṣṇa-sarpa > kṛṣṇa] f. = -kāpotī, [Suśruta]

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

Kṛṣṇasarpa (कृष्णसर्प):—[kṛṣṇa-sarpa] (rpaḥ) 1. m. Black snake.

[Sanskrit to German]

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

Kṛṣṇasarpa (ಕೃಷ್ಣಸರ್ಪ):—[noun] the black, poisonous cobra, Naga tripudians, found in India and Africa; Naja naja Hanna.

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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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