Navanita, aka: Nava-nita, Navanīta, Navanītā, Nāvanīta; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Navanītā (नवनीता):—One of the sixty-four Divyauṣadhi, which are powerful drugs for solidifying mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Navanīta (नवनीत) refers to “butter” and is one of the four products of milk (gorasa). Dairy farming was carried on in a big way in ancient India. There were large cow-sheds (gomaṇḍava or gomaṇḍapa) where the herds of cows, bulls and calves were kept. There was abundant supply of milk (dugdha or khira) and its four products (gorasa) viz. curd (dadhi), butter milk (udasi or maṭṭhā), butter (ṇavaṇiya or navanīta), clarified butter or ghee (ghṛta or ghaya). Milk and milk products were available in plenty at the dairy (dohaṇa-vāḍaga). The products were stored in ‘khira sālā’. Many articles of daily food were prepared with the help of milk and its products. People could get highly nutritious food because of the easy and large supply of the dairy products.

Source: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)

Navanīta (नवनीत, “butter”) refers to one of the ten classifications of food (āhāra), also known as vikṛtis, according to the 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.130) by Hemacandra. Navanīta may be from cow’s, buffalo’s, goat’s or sheep’s milk, but not from camel’s milk.

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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navanīta : (nt.) fresh butter.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Navanīta, (nt.) & nonīta (cp. Ved. navanīta) fresh butter Vin. I, 244 (cp. gorasa); D. I, 201; M. III, 141; Pv III, 55 (nonīta); Pug. 69, 70; Miln. 41, Dhs. 646, 740; DhA. I, 417; PvA. 199. (Page 348)

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

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navanīta (नवनीत).—n (S) Fresh butter or butter gen.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

navanīta (नवनीत).—n Fresh butter or butter gen.

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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Nāvanīta (नावनीत).—(- f.)

1) Coming from butter.

2) Mild, soft, gentle; नावनीतं हि हृदयं विप्राणां शाम्य भार्गव (nāvanītaṃ hi hṛdayaṃ viprāṇāṃ śāmya bhārgava) Mb.5.185. 29. -n. Ghee recently prepared out of butter; नावनीतेन भुङ्क्ते इत्यचिरनिर्दग्धेनेति गम्यते (nāvanītena bhuṅkte ityaciranirdagdheneti gamyate) | ŚB. on MS.1.4.12.

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Navanīta (नवनीत).—fresh butter; अहो नवनीतकल्पहृदय आर्यपुत्रः (aho navanītakalpahṛdaya āryaputraḥ) M.3. दुग्धोत्थं नवनीतं तु चक्षुष्यं रक्तपित्तनुत् (dugdhotthaṃ navanītaṃ tu cakṣuṣyaṃ raktapittanut) Āyurveda. °धेनुः (dhenuḥ) A cow made of butter, fit to be offered to a Brahmaṇa.

Derivable forms: navanītam (नवनीतम्).

Navanīta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nava and nīta (नीत).

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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