Shvetakantakari, Śvetakaṇṭakārī, Shveta-kantakari: 2 definitions


Shvetakantakari 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 term Śvetakaṇṭakārī can be transliterated into English as Svetakantakari or Shvetakantakari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Shvetakantakari in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Śvetakaṇṭakārī (श्वेतकण्टकारी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant related to Kaṇṭakārī, according to verse 4.333-36 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu.

Śvetabṛhatī is mentioned as having twenty-four synonyms: Sitakaṇṭakārikā, Śvetā, Kṣetradūtī, Lakṣmaṇā, Sitasiṃhī, Sitakṣudrā, Kṣudravārtākinī, Sitā, Klinnā, Kaṭuvārtākī, Kṣetrajā, Kapaṭeśvarī, Niḥsnehaphalā (Nissnehaphalā), Rāmā, Sitakaṇṭā, Mahauṣadhī, Gardabhī, Candrikā, Cāndrī, Candrapuṣpā, Priyaṅkarī, Nākulī, Durlabhā and Rāsnā.

Properties and characteristics: “[Śvetakaṇṭakārī] increases appetite, is pungent and hot in nature and alleviated Kapha and Vāta doṣas. It is beneficial to eyes and stimulates digestive process. It is used in restraining the fluidity of mercury i.e. Rasabandha or Rasaniyāmikā”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shvetakantakari in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvetakaṇṭakārī (श्वेतकण्टकारी):—[=śveta-kaṇṭakārī] [from śveta > śvit] f. a species of plant (= priyaṃkarī), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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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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