Vardhrinasa, Vārdhrīṇasa: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Prācyā: Animals and animal products as reflected in Smṛti texts

Vārdhrīṇasa (वार्ध्रीणस) refers to a type of bird having nose resembling leather (Hornbill species).—Birds have been described in several ancient Sanskrit texts that they have been treated elaborately by eminent scholars. These birds [viz., Vārdhrīṇasa] are enumerated in almost several Smṛtis in context of specifying the expiations for killing them and their flesh being used as a dietary article to give satisfaction to the manes (Pitṛs) in Śrāddha rites. These are elaborated especially in the Manusmṛti, Parāśarasmṛti [chapter VI], Gautamasmṛti [chapter 23], Śātātapasmṛti [II.54-56], Uśānasmṛti [IX.10-IX.12], Yājñavalkyasmṛti [I.172-I.175], Viṣṇusmṛti [51.28-51.29], Uttarāṅgirasasmṛti [X.16].

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Vardhrīṇasa (वर्ध्रीणस) (lit. “one who has hard skin”) or Vadhrīṇasaka is a synonym (another name) for the Rhinocerous (Gaṇḍaka), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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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

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

Vārdhrīṇasa (वार्ध्रीणस).—m.

(-saḥ) A rhinoceros.

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

Vārdhrīṇasa (वार्ध्रीणस).—[masculine] an old white hegoat or a kind of crane.

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

1) Vārdhrīṇasa (वार्ध्रीणस):—[from vārdhra] m. (also written nasa) ([from] vārdhrī + nasa for nāsā) a rhinoceros ([probably] so called as having a leather-like snout), [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya] ([according to] to some also ‘a bird with a black neck, red head, and white wings’)

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. ([from] [preceding]), [Gautama-dharma-śāstra]

3) Vārdhrīnasa (वार्ध्रीनस):—[from vārdhra] mfn. ([probably]) having streaks on the nose or snout, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] ([Mahīdhara] ‘having pendulous excrescences on the neck’)

4) [v.s. ...] m. See vārdhrīṇasa.

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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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