Manjishtha, aka: Mañjiṣṭhā, Māñjiṣṭha; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Mañjiṣṭhā and Māñjiṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Manjistha or Manjishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Manjiṣṭhā (मन्जिष्ठा):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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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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Mañjiṣṭhā (मञ्जिष्ठा) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “Indian madder”, a flowering plant from the Rubiaceae family. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. Its official botanical name is Rubia cordifolia and is commonly known in English as “Common madder”. It is popularly known as a source of a red pigment throughout Asia. The word Mañjiṣṭhā is derived from Mañjiṣṭha (“very bright” or “bright red”), which is the superlative of Mañju (‘beatiful’, ‘lovely’ or ‘sweet’)

This plant (Mañjiṣṭhā) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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mañjiṣṭha (मंजिष्ठ).—n m (mañjiṣṭhā S) Bengal madder, Rubia manjith. Rox.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mañjiṣṭha (मंजिष्ठ).—n m Bengal madder.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Mañjiṣṭha (मञ्जिष्ठ).—a. Bright red; नीललोहितमञ्जिष्ठा विसृजन्नर्चिषः पृथक् (nīlalohitamañjiṣṭhā visṛjannarciṣaḥ pṛthak) Mb.16.2.12; also मञ्जिष्ठक (mañjiṣṭhaka); पाण्डुरारुणवर्णानि नीलमञ्जिष्ठकानि च (pāṇḍurāruṇavarṇāni nīlamañjiṣṭhakāni ca) Rām.5.1.79.

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Mañjiṣṭhā (मञ्जिष्ठा).—[atiśayena mañjimatī iṣṭham matupo lopaḥ Tv.] Bengal or Indian madder; मञ्जिष्ठां नागसंभवम् (mañjiṣṭhāṃ nāgasaṃbhavam) Śiva B.3.19.

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Māñjiṣṭha (माञ्जिष्ठ).—a. (-ṣṭhī f.) [मञ्जिष्ठया रक्तम् अण् (mañjiṣṭhayā raktam aṇ)]

1) Red as madder; नीललोहितमाञ्जिष्ठपद्मवर्णैः सितासितैः (nīlalohitamāñjiṣṭhapadmavarṇaiḥ sitāsitaiḥ) Rām.5.1.5. (com. māñjiṣṭhaḥ kṛṣṇapāṇḍura iti katakaḥ | pāṭala ityanye |)

2) Dyed with madder; माञ्जिष्ठेषु व्यज्यते न स्म सैन्यैः (māñjiṣṭheṣu vyajyate na sma sainyaiḥ) Śi.18.34.

-ṣṭham Red colour.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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