Rishabhaka, Ṛṣabhaka: 2 definitions


Rishabhaka 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 Ṛṣabhaka can be transliterated into English as Rsabhaka or Rishabhaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Ṛṣabhaka (ऋषभक) is the name of an ancient Vidyādhara emperor, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 110. Accordingly, as Akampana and Devamāya said to emperor Naravāhanadatta: “... and Akampana said to him: ‘King, you must now go to the Ṛṣabha mountain for the great ceremony of your coronation’. And thereupon Devamāya also said to him: ‘King, you must indeed do so, for the emperors of old time, Ṛṣabhaka and others, were anointed on that mountain’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Ṛṣabhaka, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Ṛṣabhaka (ऋषभक) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Malaxis muscifera (Lindley) Kuntze” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes.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 ṛṣabhaka] 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).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ṛṣabhaka (ऋषभक).—

1) Name of a medicinal plant.

2) A bull

3) Name of a mountain; Ks.

Derivable forms: ṛṣabhakaḥ (ऋषभकः).

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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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