Shankhapushpi, Śaṅkhapuṣpī, Śaṃkhapuṣpī: 6 definitions
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The Sanskrit terms Śaṅkhapuṣpī and Śaṃkhapuṣpī can be transliterated into English as Sankhapuspi or Shankhapushpi or Samkhapuspi or Shamkhapushpi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)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.
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)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”.
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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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
śaṅkhapuṣpī (शंखपुष्पी).—f S A grass, Andropogon aciculatum.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: 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.
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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Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 11.147 < [Section XVII - Expiation for the Sin of taking Forbidden Food]
Verse 1.48 < [Section XXVII - Clumps, thickets and grasses. &c.]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 11 - Mercurial operations (9): Rehabilitation of Mercury (anubasana) < [Chapter IV-V - Mercurial operations]
Part 18 - Mercurial operations (16): Incineration of mercury (bhasmikarana) < [Chapter IV-V - Mercurial operations]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CCIII - Various other medicinal Recipes (continued) < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CXCVII - Preparations of medicinal oils and Ghritas < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CXCVI - Therapeutic properties of drugs < [Dhanvantari Samhita]