Mahaushadha, Mahauṣadha, Maha-aushadha: 8 definitions

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Mahaushadha means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 term Mahauṣadha can be transliterated into English as Mahausadha or Mahaushadha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahauṣadha (महौषध):—Another name for Śuṇṭhī (Zingiber officinale), a species of medicinal plant and used in the treatment of fever (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which is part of the 7th-century Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda.

According to the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 5.24-28), Mahauṣadha is not only a synonym for Śuṇṭhī, but also for Śṛṅgavera, which is the Sanskrit word referring to fresh ginger (the same Zingiber officinale). The Rājanighaṇṭu is a 13th century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Mahauṣadha (महौषध) is another name for “Nāgara” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning mahauṣadha] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Mahauṣadha (महौषध) is the name of a Śrāvaka mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Mahauṣadha).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahauṣadha (महौषध).—

1) a sovereign remedy, panacea.

2) ginger.

3) garlic.

4) a kind of poison (vatsanābha).

Derivable forms: mahauṣadham (महौषधम्).

Mahauṣadha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and auṣadha (औषध).

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

Mahauṣadha (महौषध).—name of a youth (the Bodhisattva), hero of a jātaka = Pali Sūci-j., No. 387 (unnamed there): Mahāvastu ii.83.20 ff. He marries Amarā; both names are used in Pali in the different Mahāummagga-j., No. 546; see s.v. Amarā (1) for discussion.

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

Mahauṣadha (महौषध).—n.

(-dhaṃ) 1. Garlic. 2. A plant commonly Ataich, (Betula.) 3. Long pepper. 4. A panecea. nf. (-dhaṃ-dhī) Dry ginger. f. (-dhī) A potherb, (Hingtsha repens.) E. mahā great and auṣadha a drug; this word is of course applicable to a great number of plants and substances.

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

Mahauṣadha (महौषध).—I. n. 1. garlic. 2. long pepper. Ii. n. and f. dhī, dry ginger.

Mahauṣadha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and auṣadha (औषध).

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

Mahauṣadha (महौषध).—[neuter] a very efficacious remedy.

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

1) Mahauṣadha (महौषध):—[from mahā > mah] n. a very efficacious drug, a sovereign remedy, panacea, [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of certain very strong or pungent plants (such as dried ginger, garlic, long pepper etc.), [Suśruta; Pañcarātra; cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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