Raktashirshaka, Raktaśīrṣaka, Rakta-shirshaka: 4 definitions


Raktashirshaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Raktaśīrṣaka can be transliterated into English as Raktasirsaka or Raktashirshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक) is a Sanskrit word referring to the ‘sarada crane’ with a red head. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. The animal Raktaśīrṣaka is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक).—a kind of heron.

Derivable forms: raktaśīrṣakaḥ (रक्तशीर्षकः).

Raktaśīrṣaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rakta and śīrṣaka (शीर्षक).

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

Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A kind of heron. “sārasapakṣiṇi .”

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

1) Raktaśīrṣaka (रक्तशीर्षक):—[=rakta-śīrṣaka] [from rakta > raj] m. a kind of heron, [Caraka]

2) [v.s. ...] Pinus longifolia or its resin, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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