Yajnanga, Yajñāṅga, Yajna-anga, Yajñāṅgā: 11 definitions

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Yajnanga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Yajñāṅgā (यज्ञाङ्गा) is another name for Somavallī, a medicinal plant identified with Sarcostemma brevistigma (synonym of Sarcostemma acidum or leafless east-Indian vine) from the Apocynaceae or “dog-away” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.98-99 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 Yajñāṅgā and Somavallī, there are a total of eleven Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग) refers to the “ancillary adjuncts of the sacrifice”, and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.26. Accordingly as Śiva said to Nanda, after the latter cursed Dakṣa (and others):—“[...] I have not been cursed now. You please understand the factual position. O intelligent one, be calm, enlighten Sanaka and others. I am the sacrifice, the sacrificial rite, the ancillary adjuncts of the sacrifice (yajñāṅga), the Self of sacrifice and one engrossed in sacrifice. I am out of sacrifice too”.

2) Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग) or “ancillary to sacrifice” is also used as an epithet for Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.36. Accordingly, as the Sages prayed to Viṣṇu:—“[...] O lord of Lakṣmī, lord of Devas, O great lord, lord of everyone, save the sacrifice of Dakṣa. Undoubtedly you are the sacrifice, the performer of sacrifice, the sacrifice embodied, ancillary to sacrifice (yajñāṅga) and the protector of sacrifice. Please save, save the sacrifice. There is none else than you to protect it”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yajñāṅga (यज्ञांग).—n S (yajña & aṅga) Any part of a sacrificial ceremony.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

yajñāṅga (यज्ञांग).—n Any part of a sacrifice.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग).—

1) a part of a sacrifice.

2) any sacrificial requisite, a means of a sacrifice; यज्ञाङ्गयोनित्वमवेक्ष्य यस्य (yajñāṅgayonitvamavekṣya yasya) Ku.1.17. (-gaḥ) 1 the glomerous figtree (udumbara).

2) the Khadira tree.

3) Name of Viṣṇu.

4) the black-spotted antelope.

Derivable forms: yajñāṅgam (यज्ञाङ्गम्).

Yajñāṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yajña and aṅga (अङ्ग).

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

Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग).—m.

(-ṅgaḥ) 1. The glomerous fig, (Ficus glomerata, Rox.) 2. A plant, (Siphonanthus Indica.) 3. A part of any sacrificial ceremony. E. yajña a sacrifice, aṅga a member.

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

Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग).—[neuter] limb i.e. part, means, or implement of a sacrifice; [masculine] [Epithet] of Viṣṇu-Kṛṣṇa.

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

1) Yajñāṅga (यज्ञाङ्ग):—[from yajña > yaj] n. ‘s°-limb’, a part or means or instrument or requisite of a s°, [???; Kumāra-sambhava]

2) [v.s. ...] m. the black-spotted antelope, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Viṣṇu-Kṛṣṇa, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] Ficus Glomerata, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Acacia Catechu, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Clerodendrum Siphonantus, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) Yajñāṅgā (यज्ञाङ्गा):—[from yajñāṅga > yajña > yaj] f. Cocculus Cordifolius, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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