Surabhi, Surabhī: 22 definitions
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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
The Brahma-saṃhitā informs us that the spiritual world, and especially the planet Goloka Vṛndāvana, where Kṛṣṇa lives, is full of surabhi cows (surabhīr abhipālayantam [Bs. 5.29]). The surabhi cow is also called kāmadhenu.
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
1) Surabhi (सुरभि) is another name for Tulasī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil), from the Lamiaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 10.148-149), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.
2) Surabhi (सुरभि) is another name (synonym) for Kadamba, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Neolamarckia cadamba (burflower-tree). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 9.97), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Kūṣmāṇḍa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
Surabhi (सुरभि) is another name for Rudrajaṭā, a medicinal plant identified with Aristolochia indica (Indian birthwort or duck flower) from the Aristolochiaceae or “birthwort family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.79-81 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Surabhi and Rudrajaṭā, there are a total of sixteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa
Surabhī (सुरभी) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Surabhī) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”
The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
1) Surabhi (सुरभि).—The cow of the Devas. (For details see under Kāmadhenu and Saurabhī).
2) Surabhi (सुरभि).—A cow born from the 'Huṃkāra' (the sound 'hum') of Brahmā. As the cow grew up, milk began dripping down on earth from its udder and gradually it formed into the Kṣīrasāgara (ocean of milk). Four daughters, Surūpā, Haṃsikā, Subhadrā and Sarvakāmadhuk were born to Surabhi and they are considered to be protectors of the four regions. Surabhi lives in the seventh world beneath the earth i.e. Rasātala. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 100).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Surabhi (सुरभि).—The mythical cow: a daughter of Dakṣa and one of Kaśyapa's wives; gave birth to cattle and those with cloven hoofs;1 came with Indra to see Kṛṣṇa. Pleased with his good will for the cattle kingdom, she told him that he was chosen Indra of goloka. Then she bathed him in her milk while Indra bathed him with Ganges water and called him Govinda, to the singing and dancing of celestials; a mother goddess; mother of eleven Rudras2 and two daughters, Rohiṇī and Gāndhārī also was born Vṛṣodakṣa, the latter presented as the banner of Maheśvara;3 blessed Dīrgatamas who heckled her son for eating sacrificial grass to get rid of all sins and to become the renowned Gautama.
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 17. 9; VI. 6. 26-27; Matsya-purāṇa 5. 32; 62, 44; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 55; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 125; 21. 24.
- 2) Ib. X. 27. 1-24.
- 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 56, 69, 78. 7: 466; 74. 49 and 90; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 43-84; 146. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 70-76.
1b) A son of Arkāgni.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 43; Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 40.
1d) Wife of Dharma; longed for union with Brahmā; their children were Rudras, cattle, medicinal plants and so on.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 35-42; 277. 8.
1e) A mind-born mother.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 12; 251. 2.
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 60-1.
1h) A Gandharva with the sun in the Śarat season.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 13.
Surabhi (सुरभि) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Surabhi) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Surabhī (सुरभी) is a Sanskrit name of one of the five cow-mothers, born from the churning of the milk ocean and descended on earth from Śiva’s world at the latter’s behest for the welfare of the people, according to the Śivadharmottarapurāṇa
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Surabhi (सुरभि) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Surabhi) in 20 verses.
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 5
Surabhi (सुरभि) or Surabhimudrā or Kāmadhenu is the name of a mudrā described in the Īśvarasaṃhitā 44-46.—Accordingly, “the two hands are to be closely knit and kept facing downwards, the two little fingers and thumbs are to be well pressed together, the pairs of the middle fingers are to be placed each on the back of the opposite palm. The pair of ring fingers and index fingers are to be apart. This is named kāmadhenumudrā which fulfills all desires”. Mūdra (eg., Surabhi-mudrā) is so called as it gives joy to the tattvas in the form of karman for those who offer spotless worship, drive out the defects which move about within and without and sealing up of what is done.
Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
1) Proper name for Kamadhenu (the mother of all cows); Surabhi is also used as a synonym for an ordinary cow.
2) Surabhi (सुरभि): The wish-bestowing cow that came first from the sea in the process of churning of the Ocean by gods and daityas.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
A Pacceka Buddha whom the Bodhisatta (in his birth as Munali) insulted. Ap.i.299; UdA.264.
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
India history and geogprahySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Surabhi.—see surahī. Note: surabhi is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
surabhi : (adj.) fragrant.
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
surabhi (सुरभि).—a S Sweet-smelling. 2 Pleasing or agreeable.
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surabhī (सुरभी).—f S A fabulous cow, the cow of plenty granting every wish. Ex. su0 cintāmaṇi sācāra || kalpavṛkṣa mhaṇāvā udāra ||; also nitya su0 dubhē sadanīṃ ||. See fully under kāmadhēnu.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
surabhi (सुरभि).—a Sweet-smelling. Pleasing.
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surabhī (सुरभी).—f A fabulous cow, the cow of plenty.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Sweet-smelling, fragrant, odorous; पाटलसंसर्गसुरभिवनवाताः (pāṭalasaṃsargasurabhivanavātāḥ) Ś.1.3; Me.16,21,34.
2) Pleasing, agreeable.
3) Shining handsome; तां सौरभेयीं सुरभिर्यशोभिः (tāṃ saurabheyīṃ surabhiryaśobhiḥ) R.2.3; Mv.6.63.
4) Beloved, friendly,
5) Celebrated, famous.
6) Wise, learned.
7) Good, virtuous.
-bhiḥ 1 Fragrance, odour, perfume; यः पुरीष- सुरभिसौगन्ध्यवायुस्तं देशं दशयोजनं समन्तात् सुरभिं चकार (yaḥ purīṣa- surabhisaugandhyavāyustaṃ deśaṃ daśayojanaṃ samantāt surabhiṃ cakāra) Bhāg. 5.5.33.
3) Resin of Sāla, or resin in general.
4) The Champaka tree.
5) The Śamī tree.
6) The Kadamba tree.
7) A kind of fragrant grass.
8) The season of spring; वासार्थं हर संभृतं सुरभिणा पौष्पं रजो वीरुधाम् (vāsārthaṃ hara saṃbhṛtaṃ surabhiṇā pauṣpaṃ rajo vīrudhām) V.2.2.
9) The month of Chaitra.
1) The Bakula tree. -f.
1) The gum olibanum tree.
2) The sacred basil.
4) A sort of perfume or fragrant plant.
5) Spirituous liquor.
6) The earth.
7) A cow; ऊर्जस्वलेन सुरभीरनु निःसपत्नं जग्मे जयोद्धुरविशाल- विषाणमुक्ष्णा (ūrjasvalena surabhīranu niḥsapatnaṃ jagme jayoddhuraviśāla- viṣāṇamukṣṇā) Śi.5.64.
8) Name of the fabulous cow of plenty; सुतां तदीयां सुरभेः कृत्वा प्रतिनिधिम् (sutāṃ tadīyāṃ surabheḥ kṛtvā pratinidhim) R.1.81,75; व्यालम्बेथाः सुरभितनयालम्भजां मानयिष्यन् (vyālambethāḥ surabhitanayālambhajāṃ mānayiṣyan) Me.47.
9) Name of one of the Mātṛs.
1) The east. -n.
1) A fragrant smell, perfume, fragrance.
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1) Gum olibanum.
2) Name of the cow of plenty See. सुरभिः (surabhiḥ).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Surabhi (सुरभि).—mfn. (-bhiḥ-bhiḥ or -bhī-bhi) 1. Fragrant, sweet-smelling. 2. Pleasing, beloved. 3. Friendly, a friend. 4. Celebrated, famous. 5. Wise, learned. 6. Handsome. 7. Good, virtuous. m.
(-bhiḥ) 1. A fragrance, a perfume, a sweet-smelling substance. 2. The Michelia Champaca. 3. Nutmeg. 4. The month Chaitra, (March-April.) 5. Resin. 6. The Sami-tree. 7. The Kadamba-tree. 8. A kind of fragrant grass. f. (-bhiḥ or bhī) 1. The gum Olibanum tree, (Boswellia thurifera.) 2. Mura, a sort of drug and perfume. 3. One of the divine Matris. 4. A cow. 5. A fabulous cow, the cow of plenty, granting every wish. 6. Spirituous liquor. 7. The earth. 8. The holy basil. 9. Jasmine, of several sorts. n. (-bhi) 1. Gold. 2. Sulphur. 3. Fragrance. E. su well, excellently, rabh to begin, in aff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Surabhi (सुरभि).—[su-rabh + i], I. adj. 1. Fragrant, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 105; sweet-smelling. 2. Pleasing. 3. Handsome. 4. Friendly. 5. Good. 6. Wise. 7. Celebrated. Ii. m. 1. A fragrance, a perfume. 2. Spring, [Kirātārjunīya] 10, 30. 3. The month Caitra (March
— April). 4. Resin. 5. The Michelia Champaca. 6. Nutmeg. Iii. f. bhī. 1. The earth. 2. The cow of plenty, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 2. ed. 89, 36 (ĭ); [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 46. 3. A cow. 4. Spirituous liquor. 5. The name of several plants. Iv. n. 1. Gold. 2. Sulphur.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Surabhi (सुरभि):—[=su-rabhi] [from su > su-yaj] a See sub voce
2) Surabhī (सुरभी):—[=sura-bhī] [from sura > sur] a f. (for surabhī See p. 1235, col. 3) fear of the g°, [Vāsavadattā]
3) Surabhi (सुरभि):—[=su-rabhi] b mf(is, or ī)n. ([probably] [from] 5. su + √rabh, = ‘affecting pleasantly’) sweet-smelling, fragrant, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.
4) [v.s. ...] charming, pleasing, lovely, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Aitareya-brāhmaṇa]
5) [v.s. ...] famous, celebrated, [Kāvyādarśa ii, 176]
6) [v.s. ...] best, excellent, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) [v.s. ...] good, virtuous, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
8) [v.s. ...] friendly, a friend, [Horace H. Wilson]
9) [v.s. ...] m. fragrance, perfume, any sweet-smelling substance, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
10) [v.s. ...] Name of various fragrant plants and substances ([according to] to [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ‘Michelia Champaka; Nauclea Cadamba; a kind of jasmine; nutmeg’ etc. etc.), [Suśruta]
11) [v.s. ...] the season of spring, [Kāvya literature]
12) [v.s. ...] the month Caitra, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
13) [v.s. ...] a fire lighted at the fixing of the sacrificial post, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
14) [v.s. ...] f(i also ī). Name of various plants (Boswellia, Thurifera; Prosopis Spicigera or Mimosa Suma etc.), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
15) [v.s. ...] spirituous liquor (cf. surā; [varia lectio] murā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
16) [v.s. ...] Name of a fabulous cow (daughter of Dakṣa and wife of Kaśyapa, mother of cattle and of the Rudras, sometimes considered as one of the Mātṛs or as the cow of plenty; surabheḥ sutāḥ, ‘the children of Surabhi’ id est. ‘cattle’), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. ([Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 519])
17) [v.s. ...] any cow ([according to] to [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ‘a brown cow’), [Vāsavadattā]
18) [v.s. ...] the earth, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
19) [v.s. ...] n. a fragrant smell or substance, perfume, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra; Chāndogya-upaniṣad; Rāmāyaṇa]
20) [v.s. ...] m. sulphur, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
21) [v.s. ...] gold, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
22) Surabhī (सुरभी):—[from su-rabhi] b f. (= bhi), in [compound]
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See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+24): Surabhi-mada, Surabhibana, Surabhicandana, Surabhicchada, Surabhichandana, Surabhicula, Surabhidaru, Surabhidaruka, Surabhidatta, Surabhigandha, Surabhigandhi, Surabhigandhin, Surabhigandhita, Surabhighrita, Surabhigotra, Surabhika, Surabhikandara, Surabhikesha, Surabhikeshata, Surabhikri.
Ends with: Sarvasurabhi.
Full-text (+106): Surabhigandha, Surabhigotra, Saurabheya, Kamadhenu, Surabhitvac, Surabhirasa, Surabhivalkala, Surabhipattra, Saurabhi, Surabhisuta, Saurabha, Surabhidaru, Surabhighrita, Surabhimasa, Surabhimukha, Surabhitriphala, Surabhibana, Surabhigandhin, Surabhidaruka, Surabhicula.
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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 18 - Śiva’s Eleven Incarnations < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 32 - Description of Creation (3): The family of Kaśyapa < [Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 24 - Pippalāda incarnation of Śiva < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 11 - Procedure of Gaṇeśa Worship: Manifestation of Lakṣmī < [Section 1 - Kedāra-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 6 - Curse to Brahmā and Others < [Section 1 - Kedāra-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 14 - The Legend of Vajrāṅga < [Section 2 - Kaumārikā-khaṇḍa]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 49 - On the anecdote of Surabhi < [Book 9]
Chapter 22 - On the rules of Vaiśvadeva < [Book 11]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.3.66 < [Part 3 - Fraternal Devotion (sakhya-rasa)]
Verse 3.4.47 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
Verse 3.4.67 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
The Mahabharata (English) (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli)
Section CII < [Bhagavat-Yana Parva]
Section CX < [Bhagavat-Yana Parva]
Section LXVI < [Sambhava Parva]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)