Shriphala, aka: Śrīphala, Shri-phala, Śrīphalā; 7 Definition(s)
Shriphala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Śrīphala and Śrīphalā can be transliterated into English as Sriphala or Shriphala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
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”.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)
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: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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.
India history and geogprahy
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.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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.
Languages of India and abroad
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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
śrīphala (श्रीफल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—n A fruit. A cocoanut. śrīphala dēṇēṃ Dismiss.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Śrīphala (श्रीफल).—the Bilva tree. (-lam) 1 the Bilva fruit; स्तनयुगलं श्रीफलश्रीविडम्बि (stanayugalaṃ śrīphalaśrīviḍambi) Vikr.; Ms.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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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-laḥ) A fruit tree, (Ægle marmelos.) f. (-lā or lī) 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: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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