Rajani, Rajanī, Rājanī: 24 definitions
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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.
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.
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 Ayurvedic 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.Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)
Rajanī (रजनी) refers to “night”, mentioned in verse 3.32 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] One shall drink broth (that is) not too thick, rasālā, curds, raga and khāṇḍava syrup, [...] and water (that is) perfumed with trumpet-flowers, charged with camphor, (and) very cold. Taking at night [viz., rajanī] moonbeams as food, one shall drink, [...]”.
Note: Rajanī [rajanyām] (“at night”) has been paraphrased by mthsan-mo(i) dus-su (“in the nighttime”).Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha
Rajanī (रजनी) is another name for “Haridrā” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning rajanī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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).
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.
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.
Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)Source: Universität Wien: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā
Rajani (रजनि) refers to the “night”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “An abnormal modification caused by a aggressive ritual against Kings, occurring at the improper time, dreadful and all-reaching, is characterized by the these signs: [...] meteors fall violently making dreadful sounds; ministers fight with each other out of greediness; in the night (rajani—rajanyāṃ rājate) a terrifying rainbow shines, even if there are no clouds; here and there in the city great danger arises because of fire; [...] from such and other signs he should understand that the enemy is performing a aggressive ritual”.
Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.
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Pali-English dictionarySource: 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)
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
rajanī (रजनी).—f S Night.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
rajanī (रजनी).—f Night.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Rajani (रजनि) or Rajanī (रजनी).—f. [rajyate'tra, rañj-kani vā ṅīp Uṇādi-sūtra 2.11]
1) Night; हरिरभिमानी रजनिरिदानीमियमपि याति विरामम् (harirabhimānī rajaniridānīmiyamapi yāti virāmam) Gītagovinda 5; रतिश्रान्ता शेते रजनिरमणी गाढमुरसि (ratiśrāntā śete rajaniramaṇī gāḍhamurasi) K. P.
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 Manusmṛti 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.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Rajani (रजनि).—rajanī, i. e. rañj + anī, f. 1. Night, [Pañcatantra] 128, 11; 248, 5 (nī); [Śṛṅgāratilaks] 8 (nĭ). 2. The indige plant. 3. Lac. 4. Turmeric.
Rajani can also be spelled as Rajanī (रजनी).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Rajani (रजनि).—[feminine] = rajanī (v. [preceding]).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Rajani (रजनि):—[from raj] a etc. See p. 863, col. 1.
2) Rajanī (रजनी):—[from rajana > raj] a f. See sub voce
3) Rajani (रजनि):—[from raj] b f. (mc. and [in the beginning of a compound]) = rajanī, night.
4) Rajanī (रजनी):—[from raj] b f. ‘the coloured or dark one’, night, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.
5) [v.s. ...] Curcuma Longa ([dual number] = -dvaya), [Suśruta]
6) [v.s. ...] the indigo plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) [v.s. ...] a grape or lac (drākṣā or lākṣā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
8) [v.s. ...] Name of Durgā, [Harivaṃśa]
9) [v.s. ...] of a [particular] personification, [Mānava-gṛhya-sūtra]
10) [v.s. ...] (in music) of a [particular] Mūrchanā, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]
11) [v.s. ...] of an Apsaras, [Bālarāmāyaṇa]
12) [v.s. ...] of a river, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
13) Rājanī (राजनी):—[from rājana > rāj] f. Name of a river, [Mahābhārata]
14) [v.s. ...] = gautamī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
15) Rājani (राजनि):—m. [patronymic] [from] rajana, [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Rajani (रजनि):—[(naḥ-nī)] 2. 3. f. Night; Indigo plant; turmeric; lac.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
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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 (even English!). 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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Rajanī (रजनी):—(nm) night; ~[kara/pati] the moon; ~[cara] a demon, noctural being.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [noun] the period from the sunset to the sunrise; night.
2) [noun] one of several names of Durge.
3) [noun] the powder made from the aromatic rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa, used as a dye or in seasoning foods; turmeric powder.
4) [noun] a resinous substance secreted by the scale insect Laccifer lacca, that lives on certain fig, soapberry and acacia trees; lac.
5) [noun] (fig.) an illusion or that which causes illusion.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+28): Rajanibhujamga, Rajanicara, Rajanicaranatha, Rajanicari, Rajanicayanatha, Rajanichara, Rajanidvamdva, Rajanidvaya, Rajanigandha, Rajanighanta, Rajanighantu, Rajanihamsa, Rajanihasa, Rajanijala, Rajanika, Rajanikara, Rajanikaranatha, Rajanikrit, Rajanila, Rajanilika.
Ends with: Adhirajani, Aranyarajani, Bhadrajani, Bharajani, Dinarajani, Garajani, Karajani, Kashtharajani, Kaumudirajani, Kshanarajani, Madrajani, Mandrajani, Nakharajani, Nakhararajani, Prajani, Pratirajani, Surajani, Vastrarajani, Virajani.
Full-text (+64): Rayani, Rajanikara, Rajanijala, Rajanimukha, Rajanicara, Rajanigandha, Surajani, Rajanihasa, Rajaniramana, Rajanipati, Rajana, Rajanikaranatha, Rajanicaranatha, Rajanikrit, Vallipancamula, Rajanirakshasi, Rajanibhujamga, Rajanidvaya, Rajanimmanya, Rajanipuramdhri.
Search found 23 books and stories containing Rajani, Rajanī, Rājanī, Rājani; (plurals include: Rajanis, Rajanīs, Rājanīs, Rājanis). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Experience < [July – September, 1998]
Saratchandra and Telugu World < [October - December 1977]
Muthuswami Dikshita < [January – March, 1987]
Rig Veda (translation and commentary) (by H. H. Wilson)
Rig Veda 1.108.7 < [Sukta 108]
Rig Veda 6.1.13 < [Sukta 1]
Rig Veda 5.30.14 < [Sukta 30]
Sushruta Samhita, Volume 6: Uttara-tantra (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Chapter LVII - Symptoms and Treatment of aversion to food (Arochaka) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter IX - Treatment of Vataja Ophthalmia < [Canto I - Shalakya-tantra (ears, eyes, nose, mouth and throat)]
Chapter LXI - Symptoms and Treatment of Epilepsy (Apasmara) < [Canto IV - Bhuta-vidya-tantra (psychology and psychiatry)]
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 2.25.47 < [Chapter 25 - The Discourse on Spiritual Knowledge by Śrīvāsa’s Dead Son]
Verse 2.28.121 < [Chapter 28 - The Lord’s Pastime of Accepting Sannyāsa]
Verse 2.25.24-033 < [Chapter 25 - The Discourse on Spiritual Knowledge by Śrīvāsa’s Dead Son]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CCXVIII - Various Recipes of fumigation-compounds, etc. < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCVI - Various other medicinal Recipes (continued) < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCVII - Various other medicinal Recipes (continued) < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 11.31 < [Section II - The Brāhmaṇa’s Responsibilities and Privileges regarding Sacrificial Performances]
Verse 8.317 < [Section XLIII - Theft (steya)]
Verse 11.11-12 < [Section II - The Brāhmaṇa’s Responsibilities and Privileges regarding Sacrificial Performances]