Pancagavya, aka: Pañcagavya, Panca-gavya, Pancan-gavya; 11 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Panchagavya.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य) refers to a “formulation for nutrition”.—The main ingredients of this formulation are milk, curd, ghee, dung and urine of cow, and hence the name “pañcagavya”, meaning prepared from five ingredients obtained from cow. Some recent studies have shown the benefits of certain formulations such as pañcagavya and kuṇapajala on the growth of plants.

Source: PMC: Relevance of Vṛkṣāyurveda

Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य) is the name of a formula used in ancient Indian agriculture (kṛṣi).—Pañcagavya is a mixture of five cow products, is a fermented culture of cow dung, urine, milk, curd and ghee (other ingredients are sometimes added to increase fermentation). Studies have shown that pañcagavya works as a bio-fertilizer, enhancing growth and productivity of crops and increasing resistance to diseases.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey
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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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Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य) refers to a compound of five cow-products, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “[...] the ceremonial ablution of the phallic emblem (liṅga) with Pañcagavya on Sundays is specially recommended. Pañcagavya is the compound of cow’s urine (gojala), dung (gomaya), milk (kṣīra), curd (dadhi) and ghee (ājya). Milk, curd and ghee can severally be used with honey and molasses. The offering of rice cooked in cow’s milk must be made with the syllable Om”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य) refers to “five (products) of the cow” (i.e. milk, curd, butter, urine and dung) and forms part of the cosmetics and personal decoration that was once commonly applied to one’s body in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Reference is made in the Nīlamata to various sorts of scents, perfumes, unguents, flowers and garlands. For example, Pañcagavya is prescribed for holy bath (v. 421).

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य).—A mixture of 5 secretions of the cow for purifying the body;1 milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung of the cow, constituents;2 a panacea for stealing eatables, fruits and flowers, vehicles and beds;3 ablution of image to be installed by.4

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 56. 6; 57, 5; 60. 17; 62. 8.
  • 2) Ib. 266. 6; 267. 5-6; Vāyu-purāṇa 110. 15.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 227. 44.
  • 4) Ib. 265. 8.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य).—Five kinds of products of the cow used to bathe Deity.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

India history and geogprahy

Pañca-gavya.—(SITI), same as Tamil āna-añju; the five pro- ducts of the cow, viz., milk, butter, curds, urine and dung. Note: pañca-gavya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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pañcagavya (पंचगव्य).—n (S) Five things derived from the cow,--milk, curds, clarified butter, urine, dung.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pañcagavya (पंचगव्य).—n Five things derived from the cow-milk, curds, clarified butter, urine, dung.

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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Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य).—the five products of the cow taken collectively; i. e. milk, curds, clarified butter or ghee, urine, and cowdung (kṣīraṃ dadhi tathā cājyaṃ mūtraṃ gomayameva ca).

Derivable forms: pañcagavyam (पञ्चगव्यम्).

Pañcagavya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pañcan and gavya (गव्य).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pañcagavya (पञ्चगव्य).—n.

(-vyaṃ) Five articles derived from the cow; viz. milk, curds, clarified butter, cow’s urine, and cow-dung. E. pañca five, and gavya from gau a cow.

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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