Lekhana: 20 definitions


Lekhana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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 Lekhan.

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Google Books: Concept of Lekhana Karma in Ayurveda

Lekhana (लेखन) is derived from the root ‘likh’ which means to write, to remove, to scrap, to scratch, to forrow of, to tear up. ‘Nyat’ suffix Nyat is added to it to form Lekhana, Hence the meaning becomes hurting, Scraping etc. Ācārya Caraka has described lekhana as karma and its therapeutic utility for the first time. According to the Yogaratnākara, Lekhana is emaciation of body.

Source: National Mission for Manuscripts: Traditional Medicine System in India

Lekhana (लेखन) refers to “scraping” and is the action (karma) associated with Khara (“rough”): one of the twenty Śārīraguṇa (or Gurvādiguṇa), which refers to the “twenty qualities of the body”—where guṇa (property) represents one of the six divisions of dravya (drugs).—Śārīraka-guṇas are twenty in number. There are ten guṇas with their opposite guṇas. [...] Ślakṣṇa (“smooth”) has the predominant bhūta (element) of earth, water and the associated actions of “healing/ropaṇa”; while Khara (“rough”) has the predominant bhūta (element) of air and is associated with the action “scraping/lekhana”.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: University of Vienna: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Lekhana (लेखन) refers to “drawing (of yantras)”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “He who has the Yantra of Narasiṃha joined with [that] of Sudarśana constructed shall conquer even the other world. Just by drawing this (lekhanaetallekhanamātreṇa), men can attain everything”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Scraping (lekhana) or scooping is carried out to remove a growth or flesh of an ulcer, tartar of teeth, etc. the veins, hydrocele and ascitic fluid in the abdomen are drained by puncturing with special instrument (vyadhana). (described in the Sushruta Samhita)

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

lekhana : (nt.) writing; a letter; an inscription.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Lekhana, (nt.) (fr. likh) scratching, drawing, writing Dhtp 467. (Page 586)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lēkhana (लेखन).—n S pop. lēkhaṇa f Writing.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

lēkhana (लेखन) [-ṇa, -ण].—n Writing. (in Poetry) Write esp.

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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

Lekhana (लेखन).—a. (- f.) [लिख्-ल्यु ल्युट् वा (likh-lyu lyuṭ vā)]

1) Writing, painting, scratching &c.

2) Exciting, stimulating.

-naḥ A kind of reed of which pens ane made.

-nam 1 Writing, transcribing.

2) Scratching, scraping.

3) Grazing, touching.

4) Attenuating, making thin or emaciated.

5) Cutting or making incisions (in surgery).

6) Scripture.

7) An instrument for scraping.

8) A kind of birch-tree.

9) A palm-leaf (for writing upon).

-nī 1 A pen, writing-reed, reed-pen; सुरतरुवरशाखा लेखनी पुत्रमुर्वी (surataruvaraśākhā lekhanī putramurvī) Śivamahimna 32.

2) A spoon.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Lekhanā (लेखना).—(compare Sanskrit and Pali °na, nt.), (act of) writing: Mahāvyutpatti 903 (in sense of copying sacred works).

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

Lekhana (लेखन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Writing, scripture. 2. The bark of the Bhurja-tree, which is used for writing on in Nepaland Upper Hindust'han. 3. Vomiting. 4. The leaf of the palm tree. 5. Scraping or cleaning the tongue. 6. Scarifying, scratching. 7. Reducing corpulency, thinning. m.

(-naḥ) A sort of grass or reed, of which pens are made, (Saccharum spontaneum.) f. (-nī) A pen, a style. E. likh to write, aff. of the act or instrument lyuṭ .

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

Lekhana (लेखन).—i. e. likh + ana, n. 1. Scarifying. 2. Writing, copying, [Pañcatantra] 237, 1; scripture. 3. The bark of the Bhój tree and the leaf of the palm tree, used for writing on.

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

Lekhana (लेखन).—[feminine] ī scratching, scraping, attenuating; [feminine] ī writing reed, pen, pencil; [neuter] scratching, writing down, copying.

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

1) Lekhana (लेखन):—[from likh] mf(ī)n. scratching, scraping, scarifying, lancing, [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] exciting, stimulating, attenuating, [ib.; Śārṅgadhara-saṃhitā; Bhāvaprakāśa]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Saccharum Spontaneum (a sort of reed of which pens are made), [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [from likh] n. the act of scratching or scraping, lancing, scarifying, [Caraka; Suśruta]

5) [v.s. ...] touching, coming in contact (said of heavenly bodies), [Atharva-veda.Pariś.]

6) [v.s. ...] writing down, transcribing, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Pañcatantra]

7) [v.s. ...] an instrument for scraping or furrowing, [Kauśika-sūtra]

8) [v.s. ...] Betula Bhojpatra (the bark of which is used for writing), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] the leaf of the palm tree (used for the same purpose), [Horace H. Wilson]

10) [v.s. ...] making thin, attenuating, reducing corpulency (See next).

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

Lekhana (लेखन):—(naṃ) 1. n. Writing; leaf or bark for writing on; vomiting; scrap- ing the tongue; scarifying. m. Reed for pens. f. () A pen.

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

Lekhana (लेखन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Lihaṇa, Lihāvaṇa.

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Lekhana 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Lekhana (लेखन) [Also spelled lekhan]:—(nm) writing, scribing, writing work; -[kalā] art of writing, calligraphy; chirography; —[paddhati] system/method of writing; ~[śāstra] graphology; —[śailī] hand-writing; style of writing; -[sāmagrī] stationery, writing material; ~[sāmagrī-vikretā] a stationer.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lēkhana (ಲೇಖನ):—

1) [noun] that which is written; a writing.

2) [noun] an article or other literary passage written on a subject that is dealt in a systematic manner.

3) [noun] a leaf of palmyra tree used to write on.

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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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