Varshabhu, Varṣābhū, Varsha-bhu: 9 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Varṣābhū can be transliterated into English as Varsabhu or Varshabhu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

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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)

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Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Boerhaavia diffusa Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning varṣābhū] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Varṣābhū in the Hindi language is another name for Punarnavā, a medicinal plant identified with Trianthema portulacastrum Linn. or “desert horsepurslane” from the Aizoaceae or “fig-marigold” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.115-116 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fifth chapter (parpaṭādi-varga) of this book enumerates sixty varieties of smaller plants (kṣudra-kṣupa). Other than the Hindi word Varṣābhū, there are more synonyms identified for this plant among which eight  are in Sanskrit. Note: Cf. Raktapunarnavā (Boerhaavia diffusa Linn.).

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—m.

1) a frog.

2) a kind of insect (indragopa).

Varṣābhū is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varṣā and bhū (भू).

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Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—f.

1) a female frog or a little frog.

2) hogweed.

3) an earth-worm.

Derivable forms: varṣābhūḥ (वर्षाभूः).

Varṣābhū is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varṣā and bhū (भू). See also (synonyms): varṣābhvī.

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—m.

(-bhūḥ) A frog. f. (-bhvī) 1. Hog-weed. 2. An earth-worm, (Iulus.) 3. A she-frog or any small frog. E. varṣā the rains, bhū to be, aff. kkip .

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

Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू).—[varṣā-bhū] (see varṣa), I. m. A frog. Ii. f. bhū and bhvī. 1. A she-frog. 2. Hog-weed.

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

1) Varṣābhū (वर्षाभू):—[=varṣā-bhū] [from varṣā > varṣa] m. ‘produced in the rains’, a frog, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] an earthworm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a lady-bird, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] f. a female frog, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Boerhavia Procumbens, [Suśruta]

6) [=varṣā-bhū] [from varṣā > varṣa] f. an earth-worm, [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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