Shipha, Śiphā, Sipha, Śipha: 9 definitions
Shipha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Śiphā and Śipha can be transliterated into English as Sipha or Shipha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
Śiphā (शिफा) refers to “fibrous roots” (of trees or plants), as mentioned in a list of five synonyms in the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Śiphā] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
Śiphā (शिफा) is another name for Śatāhvā, an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 4.10-13 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Also see the description of the plant Miśreyā. Together with the names Śiphā and Śatāhvā, there are a total of twenty-four Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Śiphā (शिफा).—A river extolled in Ṛgveda. It is stated in Sūkta 104, Anuvāka 15, Maṇḍala 1 of the Ṛgveda that the asura named Kuyava should be thrown into the depths of Śiphā as he stole money.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects
Śiphā (शिफा) is found in one passage of the Rigveda, where Sāyaṇa explains the word as the name of a river, quite a possible interpretation.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Śipha (शिफ).—See शिफा (śiphā).
Derivable forms: śiphaḥ (शिफः).
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1) A fibrous root; नीरन्ध्रपल्लवशिफानिभृतप्रकाण्डं सायंतना भ्रसमशोभमशोकसालम् (nīrandhrapallavaśiphānibhṛtaprakāṇḍaṃ sāyaṃtanā bhrasamaśobhamaśokasālam) Rām. ch.5.22; Ms.9.23.
2) The root of a water-lily.
3) A root in general.
4) A stroke with a whip; शिफाश्चैवाप्नुयाद्दश (śiphāścaivāpnuyāddaśa) Ms.8.369.
5) A mother.
6) A river.
8) Spikenard.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-phā) 1. A fibrous root. 2. Spikenard, (Valeriana jatamansi.) 3. A river. 4. A mother. 5. Turmeric. 6. The root of a water-lily. 7. A lash with a whip. E. śī to sleep, phak aff., and the form irr.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śiphā (शिफा).—f. 1. A fibrous root. 2. A lash with a whip, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 369; 9, 230. 3. A river. 4. A mother.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śiphā (शिफा).—[feminine] a fibrous or thin root; a lash with a rod.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Śipha (शिफ):—m. (derivation unknown) = śiphā (which is the more usual form; See below), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) Śiphā (शिफा):—[from śipha] f. a fibrous or flexible root (used for making whips etc.), [Manu-smṛti ix, 230]
3) [v.s. ...] a lash or stroke with a whip or rod, [ib. viii, 369]
4) [v.s. ...] Name of a river, [Ṛg-veda] ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] also ‘a branch; a river; a mother; a tuft of hair on the crown of the head; the root of a water-lily; spikenard; turmeric; a sort of dill or fennel’).
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