Mahaushadhi, aka: Mahauṣadhī, Maha-aushadhi, Mahshadhi, Mahṣadhi, Maha-oshadhi; 8 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit terms Mahauṣadhī and Mahṣadhi can be transliterated into English as Mahausadhi or Mahaushadhi or Mahsadhi or Mahshadhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी):—One of the sixty-four Divyauṣadhi, which are powerful drugs for solidifying mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Mahauṣadhi (महौषधि):—These are sixty seven in numbers and considered useful for sūta-bandhana and māraṇa etc. karmas (purposes). The names of Mahauṣadhis, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature), are:
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी) is another name for Śuṇṭhī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Zingiber officinale (dried ginger). 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 5.24-28), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी) is another name for Śvetakaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī, according to verse 4.33-36 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Mahauṣadhī and Śvetakaṇṭakārī, there are a total of twenty-four Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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.
India history and geogprahy
Mahaushadhi is the name of a herb (oshadhi) mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D). Mahaushadhi is a protecting plant that shines during night. It is effective for healing wounds.
Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees, creepers medicinal and flowering plants (eg., Mahaushadhi) and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Gardens of herbs were specially maintained in big cities. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahaushadhi, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).Source: Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
1) a very efficacious medicinal plant, a sovereign drug.
2) the Dūrvā grass.
3) Name of various plants ब्राह्मी, श्वेतकण्टकारी, कटुका, अतिविष (brāhmī, śvetakaṇṭakārī, kaṭukā, ativiṣa) &c. °गणः (gaṇaḥ) a collection of great or medicinal herbs:-पृश्निपर्णी श्यामलता भृङ्गराजः शतावरी । गुड्चा सहदेवी च महौषधिगणः स्मृतः (pṛśniparṇī śyāmalatā bhṛṅgarājaḥ śatāvarī | guḍcā sahadevī ca mahauṣadhigaṇaḥ smṛtaḥ) || cf. also सहदेवी तथा व्याघ्री बला चातिबला त्वचा । शङ्खपुष्पी तथा सिंही अष्टमी च सुवर्चला ॥ महौषध्यष्टकं प्रोक्तं (sahadevī tathā vyāghrī balā cātibalā tvacā | śaṅkhapuṣpī tathā siṃhī aṣṭamī ca suvarcalā || mahauṣadhyaṣṭakaṃ proktaṃ)... .
Derivable forms: mahṣadhiḥ (मह्षधिः).
Mahṣadhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and oṣadhi (ओषधि).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Mahauṣadhi (महौषधि).—n. of a nāga maid: Kv 4.2.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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