Shadanana, Ṣaḍānana: 5 definitions

Introduction

Shadanana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Ṣaḍānana can be transliterated into English as Sadanana or Shadanana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous (S) next»] — Shadanana in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ṣaḍānana (षडानन).—(Skanda)—born out of the left side of the belly of Umā;1 born at Śaravaṇa in Kailāsa.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 30. 101; Matsya-purāṇa 158. 48-49; 160. 23.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 37.
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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Ṣaḍānana (षडानन) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). Pārvatīśaṅkara is an ayurveda treatment and should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (eg., ṣaḍānana-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous (S) next»] — Shadanana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṣaḍānana (षडानन).—a S Having six faces or sides.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ṣaḍānana (षडानन).—a Having six faces or sides.

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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-English dictionary

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

Ṣaḍānana (षडानन).—m.

(-naḥ) Kartikeya. E. ṣaṣ six, and ānana a face; having six faces, four directed to the four cardinal points, and two to the zenith and nadir, according to some accounts, though not generally so represented.

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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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