Meghanada, aka: Meghanāda, Meghanādā, Megha-nada; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

1) Meghanādā (मेघनादा):—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).

2) Meghanādā (मेघनादा) or Meghanāda (मेघनाद) or Meghanādarasa is the name of various Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). Meghanādā is an ayurveda treatment and should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (eg., meghanādā-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—Indrajit, son of Rāvaṇa. (Only portions which were left off under the entry Indrajit are given here. Synonyms of Meghanāda. Kānīna, Rāvaṇi, Māyāvī, Indrajit. The origin of each name is given below: (See full article at Story of Meghanāda from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—A soldier of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 57, Chapter 44, Śalya Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—A younger brother of Candrahāsa, killed by Lakṣmaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 29. 113, 116.

1b) A name of Vigneśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 70.

1c) A gaṇa, got a higher status at Meghanāda kṣetra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 190. 4.

1d) A tīrtha on the Narmadā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 190. 4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.57) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Meghanāda) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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meghanāda : (m.) a thunder.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—

1) the roar of clouds, thunder.

2) an epithet of Varuṇa.

3) Name of Indrajit, son of Rāvaṇa; भक्तिप्रह्वं कथमपि यवीयांसमुत्सृज्य चापारोपव्यग्राङ्गुलिकिसलयं मेघनादक्षयाय (bhaktiprahvaṃ kathamapi yavīyāṃsamutsṛjya cāpāropavyagrāṅgulikisalayaṃ meghanādakṣayāya) Mv.6.37.

4) the Palāśa tree. °अनुलासिन्, अनुलासकः (anulāsin, anulāsakaḥ) a peacock. °जित् (jit) m. an epithet of Lakṣmaṇa.

Derivable forms: meghanādaḥ (मेघनादः).

Meghanāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and nāda (नाद).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—m.

(-daḥ) 1. The son of Ravana. 2. A name of Varuna, the deity of water. 3. The noise or grumbling of clouds. 4. The Pala- śha tree, (Butea frondosa.) 5. A sort of amaranth, (Amaranthus Polygamus.) E. megha a cloud, and nāda sound or noise.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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