Saptacchada, Saptachada, Saptan-chada: 9 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Saptachchhada.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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

Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “Dita tree” coniferous tree, from the Apocynaceae family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. Its official botanical name is Alstonia scholaris and is commonly known as the “Indian devil tree”, “Blackboard tree”, “Milkwood pine” and others. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and its bark is used for many Ayurvedic purposes such as treating skin disorders or malarial fever.

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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद) refers to the plant Alstonia scholaris, according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—(Note: There are frequent allusions to the stupefying odor of this tree.—Cf. Raghuvaṃśa 4. 23 and 5. 48).

Accordingly: “The Lord stood in pratimā under a saptacchada tree that served as an umbrella, motionless as its trunk. [...] On the eleventh of the bright half of Pauṣa, when the moon was over Rohiṇī and the Master was engaged in a two days’ fast, his brilliant omniscience arose. The lord of the World saw the sense-objects of the three periods of time and the thoughts present in the three worlds, as if they had come to the hollow of his hand”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद).—Name of a tree (Mar. sātavīṇa); गजाश्च सप्तच्छद- दानगन्धिनः (gajāśca saptacchada- dānagandhinaḥ) Karṇabhāra 1.11.

Derivable forms: saptacchadaḥ (सप्तच्छदः).

Saptacchada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saptan and cchada (च्छद).

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

Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद).—[masculine] [Name] of a plant (lit. having seven leaves).

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

1) Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद):—[=sapta-cchada] [from sapta > saptan] m. ‘7 leaved’, a kind of tree, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] Alstonia, Scholaris, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature; Suśruta]

3) Saptacchadā (सप्तच्छदा):—[=sapta-cchadā] [from sapta-cchada > sapta > saptan] f. idem, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Saptachada (सप्तछद):—[sapta-chada] (daḥ) 1. m. A tree, Echites scholaris.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Saptacchada (सप्तच्छद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Chattacchaya.

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Saptacchada 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»] — Saptacchada in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Saptacchada (ಸಪ್ತಚ್ಛದ):—

1) [noun] the evergreen tree Alstonia scholaris of Apocynaceae family.

2) [noun] the tree yielding this Cinnamomum camphora of Lauraceae family.

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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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