Meghanada, Meghanāda, Meghanādā, Megha-nada: 21 definitions


Meghanada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, biology. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

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 recipes 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). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., 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)

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) is another name for Taṇḍulīya, a medicinal plant identified with Amaranthus spinosus Linn. or “spiny amaranth” from the Amaranthaceae family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.73-75 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fifth chapter (parpaṭādi-varga) of this book enumerates sixty varieties of smaller plants (kṣudra-kṣupa). Together with the names Meghanāda and Taṇḍulīya, there are a total of fourteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) refers to one of the sixteen varieties of “rats” (Ākhu or Mūṣika), according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—The Kāśyapasaṃhitā seems to consider rat poison as the next powerful one, seriously affecting human beings. Kāśyapa gives antidotes for the 16 varieties of rats (e.g., Meghanāda). The author follows this up with certain general instructions in tackling poisons.

Symptoms of Meghanāda: Cardiac discomfort, fever, numbness, eye infection hallucination and falling of teeth.

Treatment (Antidote) of Meghanāda: Drink of powdered root of Karañja with urine of cow and ghee. Fumigation and ointment with its leaves. This is supplmented with paste of snake skin (slough), hair of mongoose and cat’s excreta. Curd rice is to be given.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) refers to one of the eight Guardians (kṣetrapāla-aṣṭaka) associated with Jālandhara (which is in the southern quarter), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight guardians: Agnivetāla, Jayanta, Jvālāmukha, Bhīmanāda, Ghora, Meghanāda, Mahākāla, Khaga.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) refers to the “sound of the rain clouds”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] My mind does not strive after the divine state, just as a woman giving birth never craves enjoyment. Having gained perfect devotion to you it sings like a peacock who has heard the sound of the rain clouds (meghanāda). There is no place where you do not reside; there is no voice in which you are not expressed. There is no word in which you are not heard; there is no thing in which you do not shine. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Meghanada in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Meghanāda (मेघनाद) is the son of Vidyādhara-king Meghavāhana and Meghamālinī, according to chapter 5.2 [śāntinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“When Anantavīrya’s soul had consumed the fruit of its evil acts, it came out of hell, enlightened, like gold ore out of a fire. In the city Gaganavallabha in the north row on Vaitāḍhya in Bharatakṣetra in this same Jambūdvīpa he became the son, Meghanāda, of the noble Vidyādhara-king, Meghavāhana, by his wife Meghamālinī. Meghavāhana established him in the kingdom, when he had gradually attained youth, and performed his own duties for the next world. Lord of the two rows on Vaitāḍhya, he became gradually the sole resplendent one, like the sun and heaven to earth”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Meghanada in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Amaranthus tricolor L. from the Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) family having the following synonyms: Amaranthus gangeticus, Amarannthus tristis, Amaranthus mangostanus. For the possible medicinal usage of meghanada, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Meghanada in India is the name of a plant defined with Amaranthus retroflexus in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Galliaria retroflexa (L.) Nieuwl. (among others).

2) Meghanada is also identified with Amaranthus spinosus It has the synonym Galliaria spinosa (L.) Nieuwl. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Ethnobotany (2004)
· Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1817)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1977)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2006)
· American Midland Naturalist (1914)
· Darwiniana (1992)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Meghanada, for example side effects, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, health benefits, chemical composition, diet and recipes, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

meghanāda : (m.) a thunder.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—m. 1. Varuṇa. 2. a son of Varuṇa.

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

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

Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—1. [masculine] thunder (lit. cloud-noise).

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Meghanāda (मेघनाद).—2. [adjective] sounding like thunder, roaring.

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

1) Meghanāda (मेघनाद):—[=megha-nāda] [from megha] m. ‘cl°-noise’, thunder, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. sounding or rumbling like th°, [Rāmāyaṇa; Inscriptions]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Varuṇa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Amaranthus Polygonoides, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Butea Frondosa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of one of Skanda’s attendants, [Mahābhārata]

7) [v.s. ...] of a Dānava or Daitya, [Harivaṃśa; Vīracarita]

8) [v.s. ...] of a son of Rāvaṇa (afterwards called Indra-jit), [Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa; Inscriptions]

9) [v.s. ...] of a man, [Kādambarī]

10) [v.s. ...] of a frog, [Pañcatantra]

11) Meghanādā (मेघनादा):—[=megha-nādā] [from megha-nāda > megha] f. Name of a Yoginī, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

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

Meghanāda (मेघनाद):—[megha-nāda] (daḥ) 1. m. Son of Rāvana; Varuna; noise of clouds; a tree (Butea frondosa); amaranth.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mēghanāda (ಮೇಘನಾದ):—

1) [noun] the sound following a flash of lightning, due to the disturbance of the air by the electric discharge; a thunder.

2) [noun] Varuṇa, the Lord of Oceans.

3) [noun] the medium sized, deciduous tree Butea frondosa ( = B. monosperma) of Papilionaceae family; flame of the forest.

4) [noun] the plant Amaranthus polygonoides of Amaranthaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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