Siktva, Siktvā: 3 definitions


Siktva 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Siktvā (सिक्त्वा) refers to “dipping (the finger nails)” (in a solution), according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Kāśyapa has recommended a slew of generic formulae that successfully neutralise rat poison.—According to Kāśyapasaṃhitā (verse 11.50-51): “Equal measures of Karṇikā and Jīvantī, salt, leaves and fruit of Guñjā, must be placed in Hemarasa. (Copper sulphate which is anti-bacterial). This solution must be sprinkled on the spot of the bite. The finger nails must be dipped (siktvā) in the solution and placed in the nostril”.

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: History of Science in South Asia: Making Gems in Indian Alchemical Literature

Siktvā (सिक्त्वा) refers to “having soaked (the stones)” (in a liquid), according to the Vādakhaṇḍa section of the Rasaratnākara (lit. “jewel mine of mercury”): a 13th century alchemical work in Sanskrit written by Nityanātha.—Accordingly, while describing the recipe for creating artificial Sapphires: “One should mix evenly ground Indian madder, orpiment, and indigo. All this should be well-stirred with the liquids in the glass bottle. Having soaked (siktvā) the ‘rain-stones’ with this, one should heat it as before. Through this, they all truly become whole emeralds”.

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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

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

Siktvā (सिक्त्वा).—Ind. Having sprinkled, effused, &c. E. ṣic to sprinkle, ktvā aff.

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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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