Rajani, Rajanī, Rājanī: 15 definitions

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Rajani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Rajanī (रजनी):—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.

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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: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Rajanī (रजनी, “night”) is a Sanskrit word referring to “Turmeric”, a herbaceous plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. Its official botanical name is Curcuma longa and it is native to the forests of south India. It is used as a spice in many Asian dishes and is also used since ancient times in traditional medicine.

This plant (Rajanī) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known as Haridrā or Niśā.

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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)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Rājanī (राजनी).—A holy river in ancient India. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Verse 21).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Rajanī (रजनी).—A river in Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 10.
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Rajanī (रजनी) refers to a mūrchanā (modulation) based on the ṣaḍja-grāma, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. The fourteen mūrchanās mentioned in this work refer to the regulated rise or fall of sounds through the grāma (musical scale), which represents a scale consisting of a number of tones (svara).

2) Rajanī (रजनी) or Madhya is the name of a meter belonging to the Vṛtta (syllabic) class of Dhruvā (songs) described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32:—“when the two syllables are short and one long in the triad of its feet, the metre is rajanī”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Rajanī (रजनी) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) defined by Bharata, to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Madana in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rajanī : (f.) night.

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

Rajani, (f.) (fr. raj, cp. rajanīya 2) the night Dāvs. I, 39; Abhp 69; PvA. 205. (Page 561)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rajanī (रजनी).—f S Night.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

rajanī (रजनी).—f Night.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rajani (रजनि) or Rajanī (रजनी).—f. [rajyate'tra, rañj-kani vā ṅīp Uṇ.2.11]

1) Night; हरिरभिमानी रजनिरिदानीमियमपि याति विरामम् (harirabhimānī rajaniridānīmiyamapi yāti virāmam) Gīt.5; रतिश्रान्ता शेते रजनिरमणी गाढमुरसि (ratiśrāntā śete rajaniramaṇī gāḍhamurasi) K. P.

2) Turmeric.

3) Red lac; यथा रजनी मे कण्डूयति, तिलको मे स्पन्दते इति । रागा- भावे तिलकाभावे च तद्देशलक्षणया भवन्ति वक्तार इति (yathā rajanī me kaṇḍūyati, tilako me spandate iti | rāgā- bhāve tilakābhāve ca taddeśalakṣaṇayā bhavanti vaktāra iti) ŚB. on Ms.8.4.28.

4) Name of Durgā.

Derivable forms: rajaniḥ (रजनिः).

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

Rajani (रजनि).—f. (-niḥ-nī) 1. Night. 2. The indigo-plant. 3. Turmeric. 4. Lac. E. rañj to colour, ani Unadi aff., and ṅīṣ optionally added.

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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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