Shana, aka: Śana, Sana, Saṇa, Sāṇa, Śaṇa, Sanā; 9 Definition(s)


Shana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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 terms Śana and Śaṇa can be transliterated into English as Sana or Shana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Śana (शन) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “jute”, a vegetable fibre commonly used for making cloth. It is used throughout Rasaśāstra literature, such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara.

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)

Śana (शन) is a Sanskrit word referring to Crotalaria verrucosa (blue rattlepod), from the Fabaceae family. Certain plant parts of Śana 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 herb is found throughout Asia in countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. A variant spelling named Śaṇa (शण) is also mentioned in the same list.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Śaṇa (शण) denotes a kind of ‘hemp’ (Cannabis sativa or Crotolaria juncea). It is mentioned in the Atharvaveda as growing in the forest, and as used like the Jaṅgiḍa as a remedy against Viṣkandha. It also occurs in the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Sana (सन, “hemp”) refers to one of the seventeen varieties of dhānya (“grain”) according to Śvetāmbara tradition and listed in Hemacandra’s 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.95). Dhānya represents one of the classes of the external (bahya) division of attachment (parigraha) and is related to the Aparigraha-vrata (vow of non-attachment).

Source: Jaina Yoga
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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sāṇa : (nt.) hemp; a coarse hempen cloth.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Saṇa, (nt.) (Vedic śaṇa; Gr. kάnnabis=Lat. cannabis; Ags haenep=E. hemp; Ger. hanf. ) a kind of hemp D. II, 350 (v. l.); S. I, 115 (do.); cp. sāṇa1 & sāṇī.

—dhovika (perhaps (Kern’s suggestion) sāṇa° (v. l.)= visāṇa°?) name of a particular kind of gambol of elephants in water M. I, 229, 375. Bdhgh at DA. I, 84 uses the obscure term sāṇa-dhovana-kīḷā to denote a trick of Caṇḍālas. But see sandhovika. (Page 671)

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1) Sāṇa, 2 (sa+iṇa) having a debt, indebted, fig. subjected to the kilesas, imperfect M. III, 127=S. II, 221 (=sakilesa, sa-iṇa K. S. II. 203); ThA. 8; cp. anaṇa under aṇa. (Page 702)

2) Sāṇa, 1 (nt.) (cp. Sk. śāṇa hempen, fr. śaṇa=P. saṇa; cp. bhaṅga1) hemp D. II, 350; Miln. 267; a coarse hempen cloth Vin. I, 58; D. I, 166; III, 41; M. I, 78; A. I, 240; S. II, 202, 221; Pug. 55; Vism. 54 (°sāṭaka).—sāṇavāka the same Th. 2, 252; J. III, 394 (var. read). (Page 702)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

śaṇa (शण).—m (S) Hemp, Cannabis sativa: also Crotolaria juncea or Bengal hemp.

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śāṇa (शाण).—m S A whetstone or grindstone.

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śāna (शान).—f ī or ē ( A) Fineness, showiness, superbness, gaudiness, gorgeousness, garishness, pompousness (of persons, appearances, arrangements, celebrations). 2 Finery, trickery, gaudery.

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śāna (शान).—ind See śānē.

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saṇa (सण).—m A holiday. See under utsāha. Pr. saṇīṃ ghugaṛyā avadiśīṃ puṛyā Expresses eccentric inversion of common-life proprieties. 2 The feasting and festivities observed on a holiday. Pr. rīṇa kāḍhūna saṇa karaṇēṃ. 3 Victuals or undressed corn given on the festivals of divāḷī, dasarā &c. to the family barber, washerman, and others: also presents (of cloth or ornaments) made on such occasions to one's relatives.

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saṇa (सण).—m (śaṇa S) Bengal hemp, Crotolaria juncea.

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sana (सन).—n ( A) An age or a period. The word occurs only in documents, records, and similar writings; as sana 1823 In the year 1823.

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sāṇa (साण).—f The appropriate spot for the palkhi of hōḷī dēvī (the goddess or Rakshasi presiding over the hōḷī) on the day of burning the hōḷī.

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sāṇa (साण).—f ē R (Commonly sahāṇa) A grindstone or whetstone. 2 A levigating slab.

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sāṇā (साणा).—m The spot where a ferryboat plies, a ferry.

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sāṇā (साणा).—m R (śāṇa S or from sāṇa) A grindstone or whetstone.

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sāṇā (साणा).—m (śāhaṇā Cunning, knowing.) A person set, on the part of one of the sharers, to watch over a field of corn, sugar-works &c., the joint property, to prevent fraudulent appropriation by any of the other sharers: also a person set by the landholder, as a watch over his tenant, from the cutting of his grain, sugarcane &c. until the thrashing, squeezing, and final disposing of it:--that he may not be defrauded of the portion his due.

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sāna (सान).—a (Poetry.) Little, small, tiny: also little or small generally. Ex. tukā mhaṇē sāna || vhāvē lāhānāhūna lāhāna ||; also hara viśēṣa viṣṇu sāna.

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sānā (साना).—a (Poetry.) Little or small. See sāna.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śāna (शान).—f Fineness, pompousness. Finery.

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saṇa (सण).—m A holiday, festival. The feasting and festivities observed on a holi- day. Ex. ṛṇa kāḍhūna saṇa karaṇēṃ. Victuals or corn given on the festivals of divāḷī, dasarā, &c. to the family barber &c.

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sana (सन).—m An age of a period.

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sāṇa (साण).—f A grind-stone, whet-stone; a levigating slab.

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sāṇā (साणा).—m A ferry. A grind-stone. A person set to watch over one's share.

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sāna (सान).—a Little, tiny. sānā a Little or small.

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

Śaṇa (शण).—Hemp.

Derivable forms: śaṇam (शणम्).

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Śana (शन).—a. Quiet, soft, calm.

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Śāṇa (शाण).—a. (-ṇī f.) [शणेन निर्वत्तम् अण् (śaṇena nirvattam aṇ)] Hempen, flaxen.

-ṇaḥ 1 A touch-stone; मणिः शाणोल्लीढः (maṇiḥ śāṇollīḍhaḥ) Bh.2.44; Bv.1.73.

2) A whetstone.

3) A saw.

4) A weight of four Māṣas; अष्टौ शाणाः शतमानं वहन्ति (aṣṭau śāṇāḥ śatamānaṃ vahanti) Mb.3.134.15.

-ṇam 1 Sack-cloth, coarse cloth.

2) A hempen garment; सर्वं च तान्तवं रक्तं शाणक्षौमाविकानि च (sarvaṃ ca tāntavaṃ raktaṃ śāṇakṣaumāvikāni ca) Ms.1.87;2.41.

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Śāna (शान).—

1) A touch-stone.

2) A whet-stone.

Derivable forms: śānaḥ (शानः).

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Sana (सन).—

1) The flapping of an elephant's ears.

2) Presenting, offering; आदौ सनात् स्वतपसः च स चतुःसनोऽभूत् (ādau sanāt svatapasaḥ ca sa catuḥsano'bhūt) Bhāg.2.7.5.

-nam Ved. Food.

Derivable forms: sanaḥ (सनः).

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Sanā (सना).—ind. Always, perpetually.

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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