Shankhani, Śaṅkhanī: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Śaṅkhanī can be transliterated into English as Sankhani or Shankhani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Tessitori Collection I (ayurveda)

Śaṅkhanī (शङ्खनी) refers to one of the four categories of ladies, according to the Kokaśāstra, which was rendered in Hindi by Ānanda Kavi as the Kokasāra (dealing with Poetics and Erotics), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Kokasāra is a hindi rewriting of the Kokaśāstra, a famous Sanskrit work of the Kāmaśāstra tradition which is characterized, in particular, by the division of ladies in four categories related to their body-marks, namely padminī, citraṇī, śaṅkhanī and hastinī, with which the work starts.

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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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