Shankhapushpi, Śaṅkhapuṣpī, Śaṃkhapuṣpī: 6 definitions

Introduction

Shankhapushpi 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 terms Śaṅkhapuṣpī and Śaṃkhapuṣpī can be transliterated into English as Sankhapuspi or Shankhapushpi or Samkhapuspi or Shamkhapushpi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शंखपुष्पी):—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.

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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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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Convolvulus microphyllus, synonym of Convolvulus prostratus (prostrate bindweed) from the Convolvulaceae or “morning glory” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.132-134 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Śaṅkhapuṣpī is known in Hindi as Śaṅkhapuṣpī (śveta); in Marathi as Śaṅkhvel; and in Gujurati as Śaṅkhāvalī.

Śaṅkhapuṣpī is mentioned as having twelve synonyms: Supuṣpī, Śaṅkhāhvā, Kambumālinī, Sitapuṣpī, Kambupuṣpī, Medhyā, Vanavilāsinī, Ciriṇṭī, Śaṅkhakusumā, Bhūlagnā and Śaṅkhamālinī.

Properties and characteristics: “the potency of Śaṅkhapuṣpī is cold (himā) and rasa is bitter (tikta). It improves intellect (medhyā) and the quality of voice. It controls the affections of evil spirits/planets and bestows power to subdue others”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śaṅkhapuṣpī (शंखपुष्पी).—f S A grass, Andropogon aciculatum.

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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

Śaṅkhapuṣpī (शङ्खपुष्पी).—f. (-ṣpī) A sort of grass, (Andropogon aciculatum.) E. śaṅkha conch, puṣpa a flower, ṅīp aff., implying resemblance.

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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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