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Mūlaka, aka: Mulaka, Mūḷaka; 9 Definition(s)


Mūlaka 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.

The Sanskrit term Mūlaka can be transliterated into English as Mulaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasaśāstra (chemistry and alchemy)

Mūlaka (मूलक).—The name of a plant, possibly identified with Raphanus sativus. It is used in various alchemical processess related to mercury (rasa or liṅga), according to the Rasārṇavakalpa (11th-century work dealing with Rasaśāstra).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

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Rasaśāstra (रसशास्त्र, rasa-shastra) is an important branch of Āyurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasaśāstra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

Āyurveda (science of life)

Mūlaka (मूलक) is a Sanskrit word referring to “radish”, a root vegetable from the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family of flowering plants. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The official botanical name is Raphanus sativus. The word Mūlaka is dervid from Mūla (“root, source”) and the literal translation of Mūlaka roughly means “rooted in” or “springing from”.

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.


1) Raw Mulakam generates the Doshas and Mucous in the intestines, while cooked it destroys Vāyu and Kapham.

2) Jusha (unsalted soup) made with Amalaka and pomegranate improves digestion, destroys the Vāyu and Pittam; made with Mulaka it proves efficacious in cough, bronchitis, catarrh and diseases of the deranged Kapham

Source: archive.org: The Garuda puranam

Mūlaka (मूलक).—A son of Aśmaka; when the Kṣatriyas were rooted out of the earth, he was protected by naked women; hence he was known as Nārikavaca. The originator of the new Kṣatriya race after its ruin by Paraśurāma; father of Daśaratha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 9. 40-1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 178; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 73-5; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 178-9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

The son of Aśmaka was Mūlaka, who, when the warrior tribe was extirpated upon earth, was surrounded and concealed by a number of females; whence he was denominated Nārīkavacha (having women for armour).

His name Mūlaka, or ‘the root,’ refers also to his being the stem whence the Kṣatriya races again proceeded. It may be doubted if the purport of his title Nārīkavacha is accurately explained by the text.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Vishnu Purana

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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

It was two Ikshvaku princes, Asmaka and Mulaka, who founded the two contiguous kingdoms, bearing their names, on the Godavari, corresponding to the Aurangabad and Nizamabad districts of the Hyderabad State today.

Source: Wisdom Library: Triveni

1) Mūlaka (मूलक):—Another name for Bālika (son of Aśmaka, who was a son of Saudāsa). He was known as Mūlaka because when Paraśurāma vanquished all the kṣatriyas, he became the progenitor of more kṣatriyas. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.9.39-40)

2) Mūḷaka:—A location mentioned in the Pārāyanavagga, being close to Assaka and close to the bank of the Godhāvari where a brahmin, perfect in the Vedas, once went to live on gleanings and fruit.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism


Mūlaka, (adj. nt.) (fr. mūla) 1. (adj.) (a) (-°) being caused by, having its reason through or from, conditioned by, originating in Vbh. 390 (taṇhā° dhammā); Tikp. 233 sq. , 252 sq. , 288 sq. & passim; VbhA. 200 sq. , 207 sq. (saṅkhāra°, avijjā° etc. with ref. to the constituents of the Paṭicca-samuppāda); PvA. 19.—(b) having a certain worth, price, being paid so much, dear Mhvs 27, 23 (a °ṃ kammaṃ unpaid labour); DhA. I, 398 (nahāna-cuṇṇa °ṃ catu-paṇṇāsa-koṭi dhanaṃ, as price); II, 154 (pattha-pattha-mūlakā bhikkhā); III, 296 (kiṃ mūlakaṃ how dear?).—2. (nt.)=mūla, i.e. root, bulb, radish, only in cpd. mūlaka-kanda radish (-root) J. IV, 88, 491; DhA. IV, 78.—See also pulaka. (Page 540)

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

mūlaka : (m.) the reddish. (adj.), (in cpds.), being conditioned by; originating in.

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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