Nagakesara, aka: Nagakeshara, Nāgakeśara, Nāgakesara, Naga-kesara; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nāgakeśara can be transliterated into English as Nagakesara or Nagakeshara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Nāgakeśara (नागकेशर) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “Assam ironwood”, a species of tree from the Calophyllaceae family of flowering plants. It is also known as Nāgakesara or Nāgapuṣpa. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. The official botanical name is Mesua ferre and is commonly known in English as “Sri Lankan ironwood” or “Indian rose chestnut” among others. It is an evergreen tree up to 30m high, leaves red when young, white fragrant flowers with yellow stamens, grows all over India up to 1500m elevation. The word Nāgakeśara is composed of the words Nāga (‘snake, lead’) and Keśara or Kesara (‘hair, saffron’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Nāgakeśara (नागकेशर).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—The plant bears golden and fragrant flowers. It is useful in bleeding piles, thirst, burning sensation, fever and toxic concditions.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Nāgakesara (नागकेसर) refers to one of the eight trees (vṛkṣa) of the Jñānacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the jñānacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. Nāgakesara is associated with the charnel ground (śmaśāna) named Dhūmāndhakāra and with the direction-guardian (dikpāla) named Guru.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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nāgakēśara (नागकेशर) [or नागकेसर, nāgakēsara].—n (S) A small tree, Mesua ferrea: also its flower (unexpanded), Cassia buds.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāgakēśara (नागकेशर).—n (Properly nāgakēśara.) A tree, Mesua ferrea.

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nāgakēśara (नागकेशर) [or nāgakēsara, or नागकेसर].—n A small tree, Mesua ferrea.

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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Nāgakesara (नागकेसर).—Name of a tree with fragrant flowers, Mesua Roxburghii; कतकं नक्रनखरं नलदं नागकेसरम् (katakaṃ nakranakharaṃ naladaṃ nāgakesaram) Śiva B.3.14.

Derivable forms: nāgakesaraḥ (नागकेसरः).

Nāgakesara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nāga and kesara (केसर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nāgakeśara (नागकेशर).—m.

(-raḥ) A small tree, commonly Nageshwar, (Mesua ferrea). E. nāga, and keśara synonymes of the same plant compounded; the word is also written nāgakesara.

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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