Palashini, aka: Palāśinī; 6 Definition(s)


Palashini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

The Sanskrit term Palāśinī can be transliterated into English as Palasini or Palashini, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Palāśinī (पलाशिनी):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Palāśinī (पलाशिनी).—Name of a river originating from Śuktimān, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Palāśinī (पलाशिनी).—A river of the Śuktimat.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 38; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 107.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Palāśinī (पलाशिनी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.21). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Palāśinī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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India history and geogprahy

Palāśinī (पलाशिनी) is the name of a river found in India.—It is said to have arisen from the Ūrjayat mountain, which is identical with Raivataka.

Source: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

Palāśinī (पलाशिनी) is the name of a river mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 14. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. This river Palāśinī issues from the mountain Raivataka. On account of the flood it had swollen. The poet, in describing the scene says that the river had gone to join the sea.

Palāśinī is described as emanating from the mountain Ūrjayat (i.e. the same as Raivataka). We find another Palāśinī, (mod. Parās), a tributary of the Koel in Choṭānagpur. It seems that the river was decorated with numerous Palāśa (flower) trees that grew on its banks. The flowers falling in the river must have given it the name of Palāśinī.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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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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