Vrikshayurveda, Vṛkṣāyurveda, Vriksha-ayurveda: 11 definitions


Vrikshayurveda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Vṛkṣāyurveda can be transliterated into English as Vrksayurveda or Vrikshayurveda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) refers to a branch of Āyurveda dealing with “plants”.—Although research on medical science has opened new sources of remedies, Āyurveda is continuing as a mainstay in the treatment due to its easy availability coupled with safe, effective, and sustainable claims. Āyurveda is not only responsible for the health of human beings but also plays an important role in Veterinary sciences. Since antiquity, different branches of Āyurveda, [like Vṛkṣāyurveda—deals with vṛkṣa (Plants)] [...].

Agriculture (Krishi) and Vrikshayurveda (study of Plant life)

Source: Asian Agri-History: Drumavichitrikaranam—The Ancient Approach to Plant Mutagenesis

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) by Sūrapāla (1000 CE) is the name of an encyclopedic work also dealing with ancient Indian agriculture and shows that the concept of Plant Mutagenesis (druma-vichitrikaranam) was fully understood even in ancient India. Here druma means a tree and vicitrīkaraṇa means “to make (it) appear extraordinary”. Hence the term means “to make a tree appear extraordinary”. In other words, the term implies that there would be an alteration in the natural trait of the tree. Certain treatises contain a separate chapter on Plant Mutagenesis (druma-vicitrīkaraṇa), such as Sūrapāla’s Vṛkṣāyurveda.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: PMC: Relevance of Vṛkṣāyurveda

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) is that branch of science which deals with growing healthy plants to obtain desired fruits, flowers, grains, etc., from them. In general, the term is used to denote knowledge of plant life, in all aspects. Ever since farming has been practiced by man, plant characters such as healthy, disease free, vigorous and phenotypically superior seedlings, with no physical damage and having good viability, have been the basis of agriculture.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) is the name of a Sanskrit text dealing with agriculture (kṛṣi).—Surapāla’s text Vṛkṣāyurveda deals with arbori-horticulture and gives considerable information on the importance of trees, soil types, classification of plants, seed, sowing, planting, plant protection recipes, nourishment, types of gardens, locating groundwater, and bio-indicators to decide the suitability of raising specific crops or breeding animals. For treating disorders, Surapāla suggests using a number of plant species that we know today have antimicrobial properties, including mustard paste and milk.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद).—The name Vṛkṣāyurveda is used for the conventional rules about planting trees near dwelling places. According to Vṛkṣāyurveda it is good to plant Itti (wave-leafed fig-tree) on the North side of the house. Ficus Indica (banyan) should be plantd on the east. Mango tree on the south and Ficus Religiosa (banyan) on the west of the house. Thorny trees should grow up by themselves on the south side of the house. Garden should be close to the house. Svātī, Hasta, Rohiṇī, Śravaṇa and Mūla are considered to be good stars for planting trees. Stars good for taking trees, across river or in vehicle and to take down into ponds, are Hasta, Maghā, Ārdrā, Aśvinī, Puṣyam and Jyeṣṭhā. The stars mentioned above are good for planting Neem tree, Jonesia Asoca, Calophyllum, Mimosasirisha, Acacia Priyaṅgu, Syzygium, Mimusops and pomegranate tree. The distance between trees should be twenty rods. This distance is the best. Sixteen rods is medium. But it should never be less than twelve rods. If the tree does not bear fruit, the stem should be examined by cutting with a knife. Then mix powdered vermifuge seeds with ghee and smear it on the cut. Then water the tree. If fruits are destroyed before they ripen, mix the powders of horse-gram, black-gram, green-gram, barley and sesam with ghee and smear the tree and water it. Watering the tree with water and ghee will make the tree flower and yield fruits quickly. Mix powdered dung of sheep, powdered Barley, sesam, and cow’s flesh with water and keep it for seven days. Then water the tree with this water. This will make any tree yield more fruits and flowers. Watering the trees with fish-water will make them yield fruits more quickly. Mixture of Vermifuge seed, fish and rice is a good manure. This manure is a good remedy for all diseases of trees. (Agni Purāṇa Chapter 281).

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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.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Vrikshayurveda in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) refers to the “(knowledge regarding the) growth of plants and trees”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “A true Astrologer is also one who has thoroughly mastered the Science of Saṃhitā. [...] It treats of indradhvaja, of the rainbow and of architecture; of the prediction of events from casual words and gestures and from the cawing of crows; of the formation of zodiacal circles for purposes of horary astrology. It treats of the prediction of future events from phenomena connected with the deer, the dog and the motions of the wind; of the construction of temples, towers and palaces; of the casting of images and of founding the same; of the growth of plants and trees [i.e., vṛkṣāyurveda]; of under currents; of certain annual ceremonies to be performed by princes for success in war. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Kama-shastra (the science of Love-making)

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Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (kama)

Vṛkṣāyūrveda (वृक्षायूर्वेद) or Vṛkṣāyūrvedayoga refers to “horticulture and gardening” and represents one of the “sixty four kinds of Art”, according to the Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyaṇa.—Indian tradition, basically includes sixty four Art forms are acknowledged. The references of sixty four kinds of kalā are found in the Bhāgavatapurāṇa, Śaiva-Tantras, Kāmasūtra of Vātsyāyaṇa etc.

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Kamashastra (कामशास्त्र, kāmaśāstra) deals with ancient Indian science of love-making, passion, emotions and other related topics dealing with the pleasures of the senses.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vrikshayurveda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Oppert. Ii, 3271. A Vṛkṣāryurveda is mentioned in Kuṭṭanīmata v. 123, and in Śp.
—by Surapāla. Oxf. 324^b.

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

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद):—[from vṛkṣa] m. Name of a short treatise by Sura-pāla (on the planting and cultivation of trees) and of [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā lv.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Vrikshayurveda in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vrikshayurveda in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vṛkṣāyurveda (वृक्षायुर्वेद):—(nm) dendrology, the science of arboreal diseases and their cure.

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