amalaka


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a·ma·la·ka

 (ä′mə-lə-kə)
n.
A vertically grooved, disklike structure crowning the main tower of a Hindu temple in northern Indian temple design.

[Sanskrit āmalakaḥ, fruit of the Indian gooseberry (the structure being so called from its resemblance to the fruit); akin to amalā, Indian gooseberry tree, of unknown origin.]
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An amalaka (amla-shaped finial) crowns the shikhara.
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Herbs and foods that increase spermatogenesis include brahmi; shatavari; vidari; jatamansi; garlic; onion; sucanat; ginseng; ghee; milk; banana; 1/2 teaspoon amalaka plus 1 teaspoon ghee plus 1/2 teaspoon honey; 1 teaspoon ashwagunda with 1 cup milk morning and night; gokshur; pippili with fennel; rose; white sugar water; prabhav nasy (1 teaspoon orally)