Nagabala, Nāgabala, Nāgabalā, Naga-bala: 16 definitions


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Nāgabalā (नागबला):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

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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)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

1) Nāgabalā (नागबला) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Grewia tenax Forsk. (“white Crossberry”) from the Malvaceae or mallows family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.96-97 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Nāgabalā is known in the Hindi language as Gaṅgeran; and in the Gujurati language as Gaṅgeṭī.

Nāgabalā is mentioned as having fourteen synonyms: Mahāsamaṅgā, Odanikā, Balāhvayā, Vṛkṣāruhā, Vṛddhibalā, Akṣataṇḍulā, Bhujaṅgajihvā, Śītapākinī, Śītā, Balā, Śītavarā, Balottarā, Khirīhiṭṭī, Balyā and Lalajihvā.

Properties and characteristics: “Nāgabalā has sweet taste, but its effect is sour. It controls all three three doṣas. The physicians are advised to use it wisely. They can cure fever and burning syndrome by its use”.

2) Nāgabalā (नागबला) is also mentioned as a synonym for Bhadrodanī, an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 4.103-105. Note: Narhari’s Bhadrodanī may be Rājabalā of Dh. [Dhanvantari?]. Together with the names Nāgabalā and Bhadrodanī, there are a total of sixteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Nāgabalā (नागबला) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Sida cordata (Burm.f.) Borssum” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning nāgabalā] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4u: Jain Dharma ka Maulika Itihasa (2)

Nāgabala (नागबल) was the father of Ārya Śrīdhara.—[...] The ‘Śrī Pāsanāha Cariyaṃ’ gives the following description of Lord Pārśvanātha’s Gaṇadharas (principal disciples).—“[...] Ārya Śrīdhara: He was Pārśvanātha's sixth Gaṇadhara. His father's name was Nāgabala and mother's name was Mahāsundarī. He got married to king Prasenajita's daughter Rājamatī. Remembering his past birth and the untimely death of his younger brother became the prime reasons for his taking initiation.”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara

Nagabala is the name of a herb (oshadhi) mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D). Nagabala refers to a “healing herb”, collected from the jungle.

Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees, creepers medicinal and flowering plants (e.g., Nagabala) and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Gardens of herbs were specially maintained in big cities. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Nagabala, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nagabala in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nāgabala : (adj.) having the strength of an elephant. || nāgabalā (f.), a kind of creeping plant.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nāgabala refers to: the strength of an elephant J. I, 265; II, 158;

Note: nāgabala is a Pali compound consisting of the words nāga and bala.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nāgabala (नागबल).—an epithet of Bhīma.

Derivable forms: nāgabalaḥ (नागबलः).

Nāgabala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāga and bala (बल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nāgabala (नागबल).—(1) nt., a high number: °laṃ Lalitavistara 148.2 and (cited from Lalitavistara) Mahāvyutpatti 7963; (2) m., name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu iii.239.7.

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

Nāgabala (नागबल).—m.

(-laḥ) A name of Bhima. f.

(-lā) A creeping plant, (Hedysarum lagopodioides.) E. nāga an elephant, and bala strong. (gorakṣa cākuliyā .)

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

Nāgabala (नागबल).—1. m. a name of Bhīmasena. 2. f. , a shrub, Uraria lagopodioides.

Nāgabala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāga and bala (बल).

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

1) Nāgabala (नागबल):—[=nāga-bala] [from nāga] m. ‘having the strength of an e°’, Name of Bhīma, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Nāgabalā (नागबला):—[=nāga-balā] [from nāga-bala > nāga] f. Uraria Lagopodioides, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] Sida Spinosa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Nāgabala (नागबल):—[=nāga-bala] [from nāga] n. a [particular] high number, [Lalita-vistara]

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

Nāgabala (नागबल):—[nāga-bala] (laḥ) 1. m. Bhīma. f. () A creeper (Hedysarum).

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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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