Mulaka, aka: Mūlaka, Mūḷaka; 16 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Mūḷaka can be transliterated into English as Mulaka or Muliaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Mūlaka (मूलक) is a Sanskrit word referring to “radish”, a root vegetable from the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family of flowering plants. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The official botanical name is Raphanus sativus. The word Mūlaka is dervid from Mūla (“root, source”) and the literal translation of Mūlaka roughly means “rooted in” or “springing from”.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Mūlaka (मूलक):—Another name for Bālika (son of Aśmaka, who was a son of Saudāsa). He was known as Mūlaka because when Paraśurāma vanquished all the kṣatriyas, he became the progenitor of more kṣatriyas. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.9.39-40)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Raw Mulakam generates the Doshas and Mucous in the intestines, while cooked it destroys Vāyu and Kapham.

2) Jusha (unsalted soup) made with Amalaka and pomegranate improves digestion, destroys the Vāyu and Pittam; made with Mulaka it proves efficacious in cough, bronchitis, catarrh and diseases of the deranged Kapham

Source: The Garuda puranam

Mūlaka (मूलक).—A son of Kumbhakarṇa. Mūlaka was born on Mūla day and Kumbhakarṇa deeming that day and the constellation inauspicious threw the baby away. The abandoned child was brought up by honey-bees giving the babe honey. When Mūlaka grew up he became a mighty demon who always tormented people. He was killed by Sītā with the help of Śrī Rāma. (Ānanda Rāmāyaṇa, Rājyakāṇḍa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

The son of Aśmaka was Mūlaka, who, when the warrior tribe was extirpated upon earth, was surrounded and concealed by a number of females; whence he was denominated Nārīkavacha (having women for armour).

His name Mūlaka, or ‘the root,’ refers also to his being the stem whence the Kṣatriya races again proceeded. It may be doubted if the purport of his title Nārīkavacha is accurately explained by the text.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Vishnu Purana

Mūlaka (मूलक).—A son of Aśmaka; when the Kṣatriyas were rooted out of the earth, he was protected by naked women; hence he was known as Nārikavaca. The originator of the new Kṣatriya race after its ruin by Paraśurāma; father of Daśaratha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 9. 40-1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 178; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 73-5; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 178-9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Mūlaka (मूलक).—The name of a plant, possibly identified with Raphanus sativus. It is used in various alchemical processess related to mercury (rasa or liṅga), according to the Rasārṇavakalpa (11th-century work dealing with Rasaśāstra).

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Mūḷaka:—A location mentioned in the Pārāyanavagga, being close to Assaka and close to the bank of the Godhāvari where a brahmin, perfect in the Vedas, once went to live on gleanings and fruit.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

It was two Ikshvaku princes, Asmaka and Mulaka, who founded the two contiguous kingdoms, bearing their names, on the Godavari, corresponding to the Aurangabad and Nizamabad districts of the Hyderabad State today.

Source: Triveni: Journal

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Mūlaka (मूलक) in Sanskrit or Mūla in Prakrit refers to the plant radish (Raphanus sativus Linn.). This plant is classifed as ananta-kāya, or “plants that are inhabited by an infinite number of living organisms”, and therefore are abhakṣya (forbidden to consume) according to both Nemicandra (in his Pravacana-sāroddhāra v245-246) and Hemacandra (in his Yogaśāstra 3.44-46). Those plants which are classifiedas ananta-kāyas (eg., mūlaka) seem to be chosen because of certain morphological peculiarities such as the possession of bulbs or rhizomes orthe habit of periodically shedding their leaves; and in general theyare characterized by possibilities of vegetative reproduction.

Source: Jaina Yoga
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mūlaka : (m.) the reddish. (adj.), (in cpds.), being conditioned by; originating in.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Mūlaka, (adj. nt.) (fr. mūla) 1. (adj.) (a) (-°) being caused by, having its reason through or from, conditioned by, originating in Vbh. 390 (taṇhā° dhammā); Tikp. 233 sq. , 252 sq. , 288 sq. & passim; VbhA. 200 sq. , 207 sq. (saṅkhāra°, avijjā° etc. with ref. to the constituents of the Paṭicca-samuppāda); PvA. 19.—(b) having a certain worth, price, being paid so much, dear Mhvs 27, 23 (a °ṃ kammaṃ unpaid labour); DhA. I, 398 (nahāna-cuṇṇa °ṃ catu-paṇṇāsa-koṭi dhanaṃ, as price); II, 154 (pattha-pattha-mūlakā bhikkhā); III, 296 (kiṃ mūlakaṃ how dear?).—2. (nt.)=mūla, i.e. root, bulb, radish, only in cpd. mūlaka-kanda radish (-root) J. IV, 88, 491; DhA. IV, 78.—See also pulaka. (Page 540)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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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Marathi-English dictionary

muḷakā (मुळका).—m Urging or hurrying. v lāva. 2 Urgedness. v lāga. 3 Hurry. v suṭa.

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mūlaka (मूलक).—m S A radish. Ex. sōmavārīṃ mulakālā āṇi tulakālā sparśa karuṃ nayē.

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mūlaka (मूलक).—Of this constantly recurring form of mūla see notice under क.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

muḷakā (मुळका).—m Urging or hurrying. Hurry.

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

Mūlaka (मूलक).—a.

1) (At the end of comp.) Rooted in, springing from, founded or based on; भ्रान्तिमूलक (bhrāntimūlaka) 'based on error.'

2) Born under the constellation Mūla; P.IV. 3.28.

-kaḥ, -kam 1 A radish.

2) An esculent root.

3) A sort of yam.

-kaḥ A kind of poison.

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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