Snehana: 11 definitions



Snehana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Indian National Science Academy: Annual Report 2015-16 (rasashastra)

Snehana (स्नेहन, “oleation”) refers to one of the five Pañcakarma for Rasaśāstra as introduced (as a new set) in the Āyurvedaprakāśa: an exclusive text on Rasaśāstra the pharmaceutical wing of Ayurveda that concentrates on preparation of herbo-mineral medicaments, written in 17th Century AD by Mādhava Upādhyaya.

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Snehana (स्नेहन, “lubrication”).—One of the six Upakramas, or ‘therapeutic measures’.—It is a Sanskrit technical term used through Ayurvedic (Indian medicine) literature such as the Carakasaṃhitā. The six Upakramas represent basic Ayurvedic therapies. The Snehana treatment refers to a “oiling/oleating therapy” and aims to fight diseases of all doṣas, by applying oily substances, though it favors the reduction of Vāta in particular.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

1) Snehana (oleation therapy) is a clinical feature used in Ayurveda.

2) Snehana can also mean 'anointing' (one of the paṅcakarmas)

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

snēhana (स्नेहन).—n S Rubbing with unguents, anointing. 2 In medicine. Application or exhibition of oil or oleaginous substances.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Snehana (स्नेहन).—a. [snih-ṇic lyu lyuṭ vā]

1) Anointing, lubricating.

2) Destroying.

-nam 1 Anointing, unction, rubbing or smearing with oil or unguents.

2) Unctuousness.

3) An unguent, emollient.

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

Snehana (स्नेहन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Unctuousness, being or becoming oily, &c. 2. Anointing, unction, rubbing with unguents, oil, &c. 3. An emollient, an unguent or liniment. f.

(-nā) Adj. 1. Anointing, lubricating. 2. Destroying. m.

(-naḥ) Siva. E. ṣṇih to be unctuous, lyuṭ aff.

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

Snehana (स्नेहन).—i. e. snih + ana, n. 1. Anointing. 2. Unctuousness. 3. An unguent, an emollient.

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

Snehana (स्नेहन).—[adjective] ([feminine] ī) & [neuter] lubricating, anointing; feeling affection.

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

1) Snehana (स्नेहन):—[from snih] mf(ī)n. anointing, lubricating, [Suśruta; Bhāvaprakāśa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. ‘feeling affection’, Name of Śiva (cf. a-sn), [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] n. unction, lubrication, rubbing or smearing with oil or unguents, [Caraka]

4) [v.s. ...] unctuousness, being or becoming oily, [Dhātupāṭha]

5) [v.s. ...] feeling affection, [Sāyaṇa]

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

Snehana (स्नेहन):—(naṃ) 1. n. Unctuousness; anointing; a liniment.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Snehana (स्नेहन):—(von 1. snih simpl. und caus.)

1) adj. (f. ī) a) klebrig —, fettig machend, die Eigenschaften eines Fettmittels besitzend und äussernd [Suśruta 1, 180, 9.] māṃsaṃ vṛṣyaṃ snehanam [230, 6.] puṭapāka [2, 349, 11.] dhūma [233, 3. 7. 15. 234, 3.] varti [Bhāvaprakāśa 5.] madhyamā mātrā snehanī jñeyā [Śārṅgadhara SAṂH. 3, 1, 10.] nasya [8, 2.] [VĀGBH. 1, 10, 13.] — b) Zuneigung empfindend, neben a als Beiw. Śiva’s [Mahābhārata 13, 1203.] —

2) n. nom. act. a) als Bed. von mid und snih [DHĀTUP. 18, 3. 26, 133. 32, 8. 36.] — b) das Klebrig —, Fettmachen; das Behandeln mit Fett oder fetthaltigen Stoffen (vgl. sneha; Gegens. rūkṣaṇa) [CARAKA 1, 13.] saṃdhisnehanakṛt [Suśruta 1, 48, 6. 2, 180, 21.] sadyaḥ [179, 11. 17. 20.] sadyaḥsnehanakārin [Śārṅgadhara SAṂH. 3, 1, 20.]

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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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