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Lohita, aka: Lohitā; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Lohita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Lohitā (लोहिता).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountains (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1a) Lohita (लोहित).—Mt. next to Candraprabha lake. YakṣaMaṇidhara's residence.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 10-12.

1b) Angāraka above Śukra in the grahamaṇḍala.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 70; IV. 2. 132; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 132.

1c) A Kauśika and a sage; a Brahmiṣṭha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 118; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 112.

1d) A Trayārṣeya; not to marry with Viśvāmitra, Aṣṭaka, etc.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 198. 15.

1e) A river in Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 96.

1f) A son of Agni; of nine rays; born of Pūrvāṣāḍha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 53. 82, 86 and 108.

1g) A lake in the Lohita hill at the foot of Hemaśṛṅga from which rises the R. Lauhityā; on its banks is the garden of Viśoka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 11; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 12; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 10.

1h) A Varṣa of Śālmalidvīpa, adjoining the Uttama (Unnata, Vāyu-purāṇa) hill.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 44; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 39.

1i) The place of Lohita in the maṇḍalam.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 53. 59.

1j) Sons of Kallolaha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 442.

2) Lohitā (लोहिता).—A R. from the Himālayas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 27.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Āyurveda (science of life)

Lohita (लोहित) is another name for Punarnavā, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Boerhavia diffusa (spreading hogweed) from the Nyctaginaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 4.117-119), which is a  13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Hindu science dealing with subjects such as health, medicine, anatomy, etc. and has been in use throughout India since ancient times.

In Buddhism

Pali

Lohita, (adj. -nt.) (cp. Vedic lohita & rohita; see also P. rohita “red”) 1. (adj.) red: rarely by itself (e.g. M. II, 17), usually in cpds. e.g. °abhijāti the red species (q. v.) A. III, 383; °kasiṇa the artifice of red D. III, 268; A. I, 41; Dhs. 203; Vism. 173; °candana red sandal (unguent) Miln. 191. Otherwise rohita.—2. (nt.) blood; described in detail as one of the 32 ākāras at KhA 54 sq.; Vism. 261, 360; VbhA. 245.—Vin. I, 203 (āmaka°), 205 (°ṃ mocetuṃ); A. IV, 135 (saṭṭhi-mattānaṃ bhikkhūnaṃ uṇhaṃ l. mukhato uggañchi; cp. the similar passage at Miln. 165); Sn. 433; Pv. I, 67; I, 91 (expld as ruhira PvA. 44); Vism. 261 (two kinds; sannicita° and saṃsaraṇa°), 409 (the colour of the heartblood in relation to states of mind); VbhA. 66; PvA. 56, 78, 110.

—akkha having red (blood-shot) eyes (of snakes & yakkhas) Vv 522 (cp. VvA. 224: ratta-nayanā; yakkhānaṃ hi nettāni ati-lohitāni honti); J. VI, 180. —uppāda (the crime of) wounding A Tathāgata, one of the anantariya-kammas VbhA. 427; cp. Tathāgatassa lohitaṃ uppādeti Miln. 214. —uppādaka one who sheds the blood of an Arahant Vin. I, 89, 136, 320; V, 222. —kumbhi a receptacle for blood Ud. 17 (with ref. to the womb). —doṇi a bloody trough Vism. 358; VbhA. 62. —pakkhandikā (or °pakkhandik’ābādha) bloody diarrhœa, dysentery M. I, 316; D. II, 127; Ud. 82; J. II, 213; Miln. 134, 175; DhA. III, 269. —homa a sacrifice of blood D. I, 9; DA. I, 93. (Page 589)

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

lohita : (nt.) blood. (adj.), red.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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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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