Lauha: 15 definitions


Lauha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Lauh.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Lauha (लौह) is the Sanskit technical term referring to “metals”. It is used throughout Rasaśāstra literature.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Lauha (लौह) or Loha refers to “metallic”, representing a type of material for construction of a Liṅga, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.22 while explaining the importance of the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva:—“[...] in regard to Bāṇaliṅga, metallic Liṅga [viz., Lauha-liṅga], Siddhaliṅga and Svayambhūliṅga and in all other idols, Caṇḍa, one of the attendants of Śiva, is not authorised. Where Caṇḍa is not authorised, the food-offering can be partaken of by men with devotion. But no man shall partake of the food-offering where Caṇḍa is authorised. [...]”.

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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)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Lauha (लौह):—1. Element iron ferrum with chemical symbol Fe at At. no 26 2. Applied to all metals

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lauha (लौह).—a S Relating to iron, ferreous.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lauha (लौह).—a. (- f.) [लोहमेव लोहस्य विकारः अण् (lohameva lohasya vikāraḥ aṇ)]

1) Made of iron, iron.

2) Coppery.

3) Metallic.

4) Copper-coloured, red.

-ham 1 Iron; लौहभारसहस्रेण निर्मिता निरकारि मे (lauhabhārasahasreṇa nirmitā nirakāri me) Bk. 15.54.

2) Meat of a red goat; कालशाकं च लौहं चाप्यानन्त्यं छाग उच्यते (kālaśākaṃ ca lauhaṃ cāpyānantyaṃ chāga ucyate) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 13.88.1.

-hī A kettle; ददृशुर्विस्मिता- स्तत्र नरा लौहीः सहस्त्रशः (dadṛśurvismitā- statra narā lauhīḥ sahastraśaḥ) Rām.2.91.68.

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

Lauha (लौह).—mfn.

(-haḥ-hī-haṃ) 1. Iron, made of iron, copper, &c. 2. Red, coppercoloured. m.

(-haḥ) Iron. f. (-hī) An iron vessel, a pot. E. lauha iron, and aṇ deriv. aff.

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

Lauha (लौह).—i. e. loha, I. adj. Made of iron, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 15, 55(?). Ii. m. Iron, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 59, 41. ([Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 38, read loha; cf. Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 2771.)

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

Lauha (लौह).—[feminine] ī coppery, metallic, red; [neuter] metal, [especially] iron.

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

1) Lauha (लौह):—mf(ī)n. ([from] loha) made of copper or iron or any metal, coppery, iron, metallic, [Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) red, [Mahābhārata]

3) belonging to or coming from the red-coloured goat, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

4) Lauhā (लौहा):—[from lauha] f. a metal or iron cooking-pot, kettle, pan, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Lauha (लौह):—n. iron, metal, [Bhaṭṭi-kāvya]

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

Lauha (लौह):—(haḥ) 1. m. Iron. f. () Iron pot.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Lauha (लौह) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Loha.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Lauha (लौह) [Also spelled lauh]:—(nm) iron; (a) made of iron; ferrous; ~[kāra] a blacksmith; ~[kiṭṭa] rust of iron; ~[cūrṇa] iron filings; —[paṭa] iron curtain; —[pātra] ironware; —[puruṣa] an iron man; ~[maya] ferric, ferrate; abounding in iron; —[yuga] iron age; ~[sāra] steel.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lauha (ಲೌಹ):—[adjective] made of metal in gen. 2) mde of iron or copper.

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Lauha (ಲೌಹ):—

1) [noun] a metal in gen.

2) [noun] iron.

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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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