Yavakshara, Yava-kshara, Yavakṣāra: 10 definitions



Yavakshara 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.

The Sanskrit term Yavakṣāra can be transliterated into English as Yavaksara or Yavakshara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: archive.org: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार) refers to a carbonate of potash, prepared from ashes of barley husks.. (see Bhudeb Mookerji and his Rasajalanidhi)

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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: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार) refers to one of the six varieties of “salt” according to Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra II.15.16 (also Suśrutasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 46.336), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—We cannot see any reference to the salt in Ṛgveda. But most of the non-Ṛgvedic Saṃhitas, Brāhmaṇas and Upaniṣads refer to salt in the name of lavaṇa or saindhava. [...] Kauṭilya (Arthaśāstra II.15.16) mentions six varieties of salt [viz., Yavakṣāra].

Yāvakṣāra (यावक्षार) is mentioned in a list of remedies for indigestion in the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).—A complete section in Bhojanakutūhala is devoted for the description of agents that cause indigestion [viz., kolakūrma (meat of boar and tortoise)]. These agents consumed on a large scale can cause indigestion for certain people. The remedies [viz., yāvakṣāra] for these types of indigestions are also explained therewith.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yavakṣāra (यवक्षार).—m (S) pop. yavakhāra m Nitrate of potash. The nitre is prepared from the ashes of barleystraw.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार).—salt-petre, nitre, nitrate of potash; सौवर्चलं यवक्षारं सर्जिकां च हरीतकीम् (sauvarcalaṃ yavakṣāraṃ sarjikāṃ ca harītakīm) Śiva B.3.17.

Derivable forms: yavakṣāraḥ (यवक्षारः).

Yavakṣāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yava and kṣāra (क्षार). See also (synonyms): yavāhva, yavāpatya, yavanālaja, yavaja.

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

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार).—m.

(-raḥ) Salt-petre, nitre, nitrate of potash. E. yava barley kṣāra ashes or salt; being prepared, according to some of the commentators, accurately enough, from burnt barley, the potash being thus procured; according to others it is so termed, from the crystals being supposed to resemble the spike of the plant.

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

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार).—m. saltpetre.

Yavakṣāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yava and kṣāra (क्षार).

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

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार):—[=yava-kṣāra] [from yava] m. an alkali prepared from the ashes of burnt green barley-corns, [Suśruta; Śārṅgadhara-saṃhitā]

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Yavakṣāra (यवक्षार):—m. aus der Asche von grünen Gerstenähren bereitetes Aetzkali [Materia medica of the Hindus 87.]

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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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