Shriphala, Śrīphala, Shri-phala, Śrīphalā: 16 definitions


Shriphala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, biology. 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 Śrīphala and Śrīphalā can be transliterated into English as Sriphala or Shriphala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śrīphala (श्रीफल) refers to a “coconut fruit”, which is used in the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[...] worship of Rudra shall be performed at first and a fine cloth (susundara-vastra) shall be spread over the liṅga. The rice grains (taṇḍula) shall be put over the cloth at the time of worship. At the end of worship, a coconut fruit (śrīphala) shall be placed with scents and flowers (gandhapuṣpa) etc. and fumigated with incense (dhūpa). The devotee shall attain the benefit of worship”.

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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.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Śrīphalā (श्रीफला) is another name for Nīlī, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Indigofera tinctoria Linn. (“true indigo”), according to verse 4.80-83 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Śrīphalā and Nīlī, there are a total of thirty Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Śrīphala (श्रीफल) is another name for “Dhātrī” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning śrīphala] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: BDK Tripiṭaka: The Susiddhikara-sūtra

Śrīphala (श्रीफल) refers to the “bel fruit”, as mentioned in Chapter 12 (“offering food”) of the Susiddhikara-sūtra. Accordingly, “the fruit of the śrīphala (bel) is suitable for all wrathful [deities] of the three families. [...] There are many more kinds of fruit such as the above varieties, but with different names: examine their taste and use them accordingly to make offerings”.

When you wish to offer food [viz., śrīphala], first cleanse the ground, sprinkle scented water all around, spread out on the ground leaves that have been washed clean, such as lotus leaves, palāśa (dhak) leaves, and leaves from lactescent trees, or new cotton cloth, and then set down the oblatory dishes. [...] First smear and sprinkle the ground and then spread the leaves; wash your hands clean, rinse out your mouth several times, swallow some water, and then you should set down the food [viz., śrīphala]. [...]

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Śrīphala.—(EI 9), the bilva fruit. Note: śrīphala is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Shriphala in India is the name of a plant defined with Aegle marmelos in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Feronia pellucida Roth (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (2003)
· Pl. Coast Corom. (1798)
· Taxon (1979)
· Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (1800)
· Taxon (1981)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shriphala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śrīphala (श्रीफल).—n (S) or pop. śrīphaḷa n A fruit, Ӕgle marmelos or Bengal quince. 2 (Corr. from śiraḥ- phala S) A cocoanut; esp. when presenting it to any idol or person. śrī0 dēṇēṃ To discharge or dismiss.

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

śrīphala (श्रीफल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—n A fruit. A cocoanut. śrīphala dēṇēṃ Dismiss.

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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 dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śrīphala (श्रीफल).—the Bilva tree. (-lam) 1 the Bilva fruit; स्तनयुगलं श्रीफलश्रीविडम्बि (stanayugalaṃ śrīphalaśrīviḍambi) Vikr.; Manusmṛti 5.12.

2) a cocoanut.

Derivable forms: śrīphalaḥ (श्रीफलः).

Śrīphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śrī and phala (फल).

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Śrīphalā (श्रीफला).—

1) the indigo plant.

2) emblic myrobalan.

Śrīphalā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śrī and phalā (फला). See also (synonyms): śrīphalī.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śrīphala (श्रीफल).—m.

(-laḥ) A fruit tree, (Ægle marmelos.) f. (-lā or ) 1. The indigo-plant, (Indigofera tinctoria.) 2. Emblic myrobalan. n.

(-laṃ) The Bel-fruit. E. śrī beauty or the goddess, (to whom it may be offered,) phala fruit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śrīphala (श्रीफल).—1. m. a fruit-tree, Aegle marmelos. 2. (n.) the fruit of the Vilva, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 120.

Śrīphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śrī and phala (फल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śrīphala (श्रीफल).—[masculine] [Name] of a plant, [neuter] its fruit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śrīphala (श्रीफल):—[=śrī-phala] [from śrī] m. the Bilva tree, Aegle Marmelos, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Śrīphalā (श्रीफला):—[=śrī-phalā] [from śrī-phala > śrī] f. the Indigo plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) Śrīphala (श्रीफल):—[=śrī-phala] [from śrī] n. ‘sacred fruit’, the Bilva fruit, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya; Harivaṃśa]

4) [v.s. ...] a cocoa-nut, [Gāruḍa-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] the fruit id est. result of splendour etc., [Catalogue(s)]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śrīphala (श्रीफल):—[śrī-phala] (laḥ) 1. m. A fruit tree, Ægle marmelos. f. Indigo plant; Emblic myrobalan.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śrīphala (ಶ್ರೀಫಲ):—

1) [noun] the tree Aegle marmelos of Rutaceae family; beal tree.

2) [noun] its fruit; stone apple.

3) [noun] the indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria) of Papilionaceae family.

4) [noun] the tree Emblica officinalis ( = Phylanthus emblica) of Euphorbiaceae family.

5) [noun] its berry.

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Śrīphaḷa (ಶ್ರೀಫಳ):—[noun] = ಶ್ರೀಫಲ [shriphala].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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