Maharashtri, Mahārāṣṭrī, Māhārāṣṭrī: 4 definitions


Maharashtri 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 terms Mahārāṣṭrī and Māhārāṣṭrī can be transliterated into English as Maharastri or Maharashtri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Mahārāṣṭrī (महाराष्ट्री):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Mahārāṣṭrī (महाराष्ट्री) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Lippia nodiflora Mich., synonym of Phyla nodiflora (“frog fruit”) from the Verbenaceae or verbena family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.106-108 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Mahārāṣṭrī is known in the Hindi language as Bukkan-būtī or Jalpīpar; in the Bengali language as Kāñcara-ghās; in the Marathi language as Jalpimpalī; and in the Gujurati language as Rātvelio.

Mahārāṣṭrī is mentioned as having twelve  synonyms: Śāradī, Toyapippalī, Macchādanī, Macchagandhā, Lāṅgalī, Śakulādanī, Agnijvālā, Citrapatrī, Praṇadā, Jalapippalī, Tṛṇaśītā and Bahuśikhā.

Properties and characteristics: “Mahārāṣṭrī is pungent, sharp, astringent and mouth freshener. It relieves the maggots from the wounds. It is used to purify the impurities of mercury”.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Māhārāṣṭrī (माहाराष्ट्री).—See महाराष्ट्री (mahārāṣṭrī).

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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. 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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