Ilīśaḥ

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By M. A. Alwar


Sometimes transliterated as: Ilisah, IlIZaH, Ilishah


Gender

Ilīśaḥ is a masculine form.

Origin

Ilīśaḥ is derived from "ilanti apsu drutaṁ gacchantīti ela drutagāmino matsyāḥ teṣām īśaḥ" which means 'The king of ilas is a kind of fish which moves rapidly in water.

Perspectives of Purānas

As per śabdaratnāvalī

It is a kind of fish.

Vaidyakadravyaguṇa states that ilīśa is sweet, oily and cures deficiency of bile and phlegm, and also slow digestion. 

Udbhaṭa Trans. “ilīśa excels nectar; vācā is beyond words; Rohita is said to be good for us; Madgura is dear to my guru”.


References

  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu