Shalmali, aka: Śālmali, Śālmalī, Śalmali, Śalmalī; 11 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śālmali and Śālmalī and Śalmali and Śalmalī can be transliterated into English as Salmali or Shalmali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Śālmalī (शाल्मली):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Śālmali (शाल्मलि) is a Sanskrit word referring to Bombax ceiba (cotton tree), from the Malvaceae family. Certain plant parts of Śālmali are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”. The plant is found in dense population throughout Northeast India.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Śālmali (शाल्मलि).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—The root of Śālmali is aphrodisiac, flower is haemostatic and is useful in menorrhagia, the exudation known as mocarasa checks diarrhoea.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Śālmali (शाल्मलि) is a Sanskrit word, possibly identified with Bombax malabaricum (Indian bombax) by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as having thorns, and should therefore be considered as wild. The King shoud place such trees in forests (not in or near villages). He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat. Note that Bombax malabaricum is a synonym of Bombax ceiba.

The following is an ancient Indian horticultural recipe for the nourishment of such trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.110-112: “The powder of the dungs of goats and sheep, the powder of Yava (barley), Tila (seeds), beef as well as water should be kept together (undisturbed) for seven nights. The application of this water leads very much to the growth in flowers and fruits of all trees (such as śālmali).”

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Shalmali in Purana glossary... « previous · [S] · next »

Śālmali (शाल्मलि).—A King of the lunar dynasty. He was the grandson of Kuru and son of Avikṣit. He had seven brothers. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 52).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Śālmali (शाल्मलि).—One of the seven continents; Vapuṣmān the first king. Twice Plakṣa in size, surrounded by suroda (sea of sura): distinguished for its tree Śālmali: the abode of Garuḍa: Soma is worshipped here. Its king was Yajñabāhu, son of Priyavrata who divided the kingdom among his seven sons;1 after their names—Śvetam, Haritam, Vaidyutam, Mānasam, Jimūtam, Rohitam, Suprabham, and Śobhanam; the four varṇas are Kapila, Aruṇa, Pīta and Kṛṣṇa; famous for seven hills and seven rivers: frequented by Garuḍa birds.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 1. 32; 20. 7-12; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 12, 31-4; 19. 33-48, 138; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 13; 2. 5; 4. 21-33.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 452.

1b) The tree in the Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 49; III. 11. 113; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 32.

1c) A svara śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 55.

1d) The hill after which the dvīpa is named.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 123. 38.

1e) The kingdom where Vapuṣmān, a grandson of Svāyambhuva, was consecrated king.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 12; 40. 4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Śālmali (शाल्मलि) refers to one of the seven continents (saptadvīpa) situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī), according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as Śālma or Śālmalidvīpa. These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhya-tantra, “beyond that is the continent Śālmalī, where the silk-cotton tree grows in which tree the gods, together with the god of Love, resided when frightened by the demons. Beyond that is the ocean called Sugar-cane juice, where the creator put a great deal of juice from the sugar cane to give pleasure to sages”.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Śālmalī (शाल्मली) refers to one of the thirty hells (naraka) mentioned in the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 8.21 (on the narrative of hells). The hells are destinations where dead beings brought by messengers of Yama (the God of the Pitṛs), and get punished by him according to their karmas and faults.

The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam (mentioning Śālmalī), is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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India history and geogprahy

Shalmali is the name of a tree mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D).—Shalmali refers to the “silk-cotton tree” in the Himalaya region.

Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees (eg., Shalmali), creepers medicinal and flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Travel through the thick, high, impregnable and extensive Vindhya forest is a typical feature of many travel-stories. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Shalmali, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).

Source: Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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śālmalī (शाल्मली).—f S Silk cotton tree, Bombax heptaphyllum.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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Śalmali (शल्मलि) or Śalmalī (शल्मली).—f. The silk-cotton tree.

Derivable forms: śalmaliḥ (शल्मलिः).

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Śālmali (शाल्मलि).—

1) The silk-cotton tree; आपातरम्यपुष्पश्रीशोभितः शाल्मलिर्यथा (āpātaramyapuṣpaśrīśobhitaḥ śālmaliryathā) Bv.1.115; Ms.8.246.

2) One of the seven great divisions of the earth.

3) Name of a kind of hell.

Derivable forms: śālmaliḥ (शाल्मलिः).

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Śālmalī (शाल्मली).—

1) The silk-cotton tree; शाल्मली शीतला स्वच्छा रसे पाके रसायनी । श्लेष्मला स्निग्धबीजा च बृंहणी रक्तपित्तजित् (śālmalī śītalā svacchā rase pāke rasāyanī | śleṣmalā snigdhabījā ca bṛṃhaṇī raktapittajit) || Bhāva P.

2) Name of a river in Pātāla; लोहशङ्कुमृजीषं च पन्थानं शाल्मली नदीम् (lohaśaṅkumṛjīṣaṃ ca panthānaṃ śālmalī nadīm) Ms.4.9.

3) A kind of hell.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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