Vidari, aka: Vidārī, Vidāri; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Vidārī (विदारी):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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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)

Vidārī (विदारी) is a Sanskrit word referring to Pueraria tuberosa (Indian kudzu), a vine from the Fabaceae (legume) family of flowering plants. In English, the plant is known as “Indian kudzu” or “Nepalese kudzu”. It has one botanical synonym: Hedysarum tuberosum. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The literal translation of Vidārī is “swelling in the groin”. It is derived from Vidāri (‘tearing asunder’ or ‘splitting’).

This plant (Vidārī) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is known as Medā.

According to the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 7.99-101), Indian kudzu (vidārī) has 7 synonyms: Vidārikā, Svādukandā, Sitā, Śuklā, Śṛgālikā, Vṛṣyakandā, Viḍālī, Vṛṣyavallikā, Bhūkūṣmāṇḍī, Svādulatā, Gajeṣṭā, Vārivallabhā and Kandaphalā.

Botanical description: It is a large spreading tuberous herbaceous twiner and grows throughout India. Its leaves are 3-foliate with blue or purplish-blue flowers in leafless racemes. The fruits are membranous and flat, having jointed pods clothed with long silky hairs.

Properties according to the Rājanighaṇṭu:Vidārī is sweet, cooling, heavy and unctuous. It cures rakta-pitta (bleeding disorders). It increases kapha, gives strength to the body and improves semen, and is wholesome.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Vidārī (विदारी) refers to one of the twenty aspects of tāla (time-measure), according to the Nāṭyaśāstrahapter chapter 28. In musical performance, tāla refers to any rhythmic beat or strike that measures musical time. It is an important concept in ancient Indian musical theory (gāndharvaśāstra) traceable to the Vedic era.

2) Vidārī (विदारी).—According to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32, “the part of the song which completes the pada and the varṇa, is called the vidārī”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Vidārī (विदारी) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Vidārī).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vidāri (विदारि).—f. A swelling in the groin; (also vidārī in this sense).

Derivable forms: vidāriḥ (विदारिः).

See also (synonyms): vidārikā.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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. 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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