Mahavalli, Mahāvallī, Mahāvalli, Maha-valli: 9 definitions



Mahavalli 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Mahāvalli is one of the Devis of Subrahmaṇya, according to the Kumāra-tantra. He should be of black complexion and should have a smiling face. She should stand with her right leg kept firmly on the ground and the left leg kept somewhat bent and placed on it. Should should be holding in her left hand a padma (lotus) and her right hand should be hanging by her side. The complexion of Devasena is red and she should also have a smiling face and standing with her left kept firmly on the ground and the right one somewhat bent. She should carry in her right hand a nīlotpala flower, and the left one should be hanging. These descriptions are rigidly observed in the sculpture of the Nāgeśvarasvamin temple.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Mahavalli in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली) is another name for Mādhavī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Hiptage benghalensis (hiptage) from the Malpighiaceae family, which is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine). It is used throughout literature such as the Carakasaṃhitā and the Suśrutasaṃhita.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली) is another name for Kaṭvī, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Picrorhiza kurroa (kutki) from the Plantaginaceae or “plantain” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.139-140 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Vaidyaka Śabda Sindhu identifies Kaṭvī with Kaṭukī (Picrorhiza kurroa), which on account of its laxative role does not tally with the Kaṭvī of the Raj Nighantu. Together with the names Mahāvallī and Kaṭvī, there are a total of eight Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahavalli in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली).—

1) the Mādhavī creeper.

2) a large creeping plant.

Mahāvallī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and vallī (वल्ली).

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

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली).—f. (-llī) A large and handsome creeping plant, (Gærtnera racemosa.) E. mahā great, and vallī pedicle. “mādhabīlatāyām .”

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

1) Mahāvallī (महावल्ली):—[=mahā-vallī] [from mahā > mah] f. a large climbing-plant, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Gaertnera Racemosa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली):—[mahā-vallī] (llī) 3. f. A large creeping plant (Gærtnera racemosa).

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahāvallī (महावल्ली):—f.

1) eine grosse Schlingpflanze.

2) *Gaertnera racemasa.

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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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