Raktashali, Raktaśāli, Rakta-shali: 10 definitions


Raktashali means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Raktaśāli can be transliterated into English as Raktasali or Raktashali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Raktashali in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि, “red rice”) is a Sanskrit word for a species of rice (śāli) which is said to have a superior quality, according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. The word rakta means “red”. The plant Raktaśāli is part of the Śūkadhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of awned grains”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant.

According to Monier-Williams, Raktaśāli is identified with Oryza Sativa (Asian rice), from the Poaceae family.

2) Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि):—The name of a plant possibly identified with Śāli (Oroxylum indicum). It is species of medicinal plant and used in the treatment of fever (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which is part of the 7th-century Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Raktaśālī (रक्तशाली) refers a red variety of rice, according to the Aṣṭāṅgasaṅgraha Sūtrasthāna VIII.7 (also Carakasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 27.11 and Taittarīyabrāhmaṇa I.5.11.2), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—The discussions on rice can be seen only in post-Ṛgvedic literature. [...] The common thing that can be observed in the medical works of ancient and medieval period is that all of them regard the red variety of śāli (raktaśālī) rice as the best.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 5

Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि) refers to one of the ten varieties of “rice” (śāli) according to verse 25.60b-61 of the Īśvarasaṃhitā which deals with the classification of the places for building the fire-pits (kuṇḍa). Śāli represents one of the seven village-corns that are fit for food-offerings. Accordingly, “Śāli (e.g., raktaśāli) is important among them. Others are to be taken in its absence or that of others”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Raktashali in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Raktasali in India is the name of a plant defined with Oryza sativa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Oryza elongata Steud. (among others).

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

· J. SouthW. Agric. Univ. (1994)
· Dictionary of the economic products of India (1891)
· Acta Genetica Sinica (1984)
· Chin. J. Rice Sci. (1996)
· Blumea (1987)
· Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy. Part B, Biological Sciences (1989)

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Raktashali in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि).—m.

(-liḥ) A red variety of rice, (Oriza sativa.) E. rakta, śāli rice.

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

Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि):—[=rakta-śāli] [from rakta > raj] m. red rice, Oryza Sativa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Raktaśāli (रक्तशालि):—[rakta-śāli] (liḥ) 2. m. A red variety of rice.

[Sanskrit to German]

Raktashali 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Raktashali in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Raktaśāli (ರಕ್ತಶಾಲಿ):—[noun] a kind of red-paddy.

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Raktaśāḷi (ರಕ್ತಶಾಳಿ):—[noun] = ರಕ್ತಶಾಲಿ [raktashali].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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