Rajapatha, Rājapatha, Rajan-patha: 11 definitions


Rajapatha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, biology. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rajapatha in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Rājapatha (राजपथ).—10 dhanus broad; permits of easy movement for men, horses, chariots and elephants.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 8. 119.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Cikitsa (natural therapy and treatment for medical conditions)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Rajapāṭhā (रजपाठा) refers to the medicinal plant Cyclea peltata Hook F. and Thoms and is used as a substitute for Pāṭhā (Cissampelos pareira L. var hirsuta Buch. Ham. Ex DC), which is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2. Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal.  The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Rajapāṭhā/Pāṭhā] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Rajapatha in Buddhism glossary
Source: Mining Aśvaghoṣa's Gold: Buddhacarita

Rājapatha (राजपथ) refers to the “royal road” or “the king’s highway”, and is mentioned in the Buddhacarita verse 3.5.—“[...] those bereft of extremities, with disabled organs of sense, Along with pitiable people everywhere—the old, the infirm, and the like—Were therefore caused, with great gentleness, to clear the area, So that the royal road was made to shine with great splendour”.

Note: In addition to the ostensible meaning of “the king’s highway,” the real intention of rāja-patha might be to suggest, as “a royal road”, the life of a bloke for whom the most important thing is simply sitting and who is thus very gradually freed, with great indirectness, from lack of integrity and from enslavement to faulty sensory appreciation.

Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Rajapatha in Biology glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Rajapatha in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Stephania japonica (Thunb.) Miers from the Menispermaceae (Moonseed) family having the following synonyms: Menispermum japonicum, Cissampelos hemandifolia, . For the possible medicinal usage of rajapatha, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Rajapatha in India is the name of a plant defined with Stephania glabra in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Cissampelos glabra Roxb. (among others).

2) Rajapatha is also identified with Stephania japonica It has the synonym Menispermum japonicum Roxb. ex DC. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Hortus Bengalensis, or ‘a Catalogue of the Plants Growing in the Hounourable East India Company's Botanical Garden at Calcutta’ (1814)
· The Annals and magazine of natural history; zoology, botany, and geology (1851)
· Prodr. Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ Orient. (1834)
· Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ (1832)
· Systema Naturae (1817)
· Systema Vegetabilium, ed. 14 (1784)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Rajapatha, for example health benefits, extract dosage, side effects, pregnancy safety, diet and recipes, chemical composition, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rajapatha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rājapatha (राजपथ).—m S (Commonly rājamārga) The king's highway.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rajapatha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rājapatha (राजपथ).—f. = [rājamārga] q. v.

Derivable forms: rājapathaḥ (राजपथः).

Rājapatha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and patha (पथ). See also (synonyms): rājapaddhati.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rājapatha (राजपथ).—[masculine] principal (lit. king’s) street.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rājapatha (राजपथ):—[=rāja-patha] [from rāja > rāj] m. (ifc. f(ā). ) the k°’s highway, a main road, public road or street, [Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

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Rajapatha in German

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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.

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