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Aṭala, aka: Atala; 3 Definition(s)

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1a) Atala (अतल).—1 —a thigh of the cosmic Puruṣa; is dependent on the loins of the Puruṣa.2 An underworld, ruled by Bala, son of Maya.3 The fourth world of pink (pīta) soil and residence of daityas like Kālanemi.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 27.
  • 2) Ib. II. 5. 40.
  • 3) Ib. V. 24. 7 & 16.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 12, 14, 32-34.

1b) An underworld of dark earth; here is the house of Namuci, the Indra of the Asuras besides those of Śaṅkukarṇa, Nāgas, Rākṣasas, etc. White soil.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 11, 13 and 15-19. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 5. 2, 3.
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One of the Hands of The Seven Lower Worlds.–Atala: the Patāka hand twisted downwards is applicable.

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Aṭala, (adj.) (cp. Sk. aṭṭa & aṭṭālaka stronghold) solid, firm, strong, only in phrase aṭaliyo upāhanā strong sandals M. II, 155 (vv. ll. paṭaliye & agaliyo) = S. I, 226 (vv. ll. āṭaliyo & āṭaliko). At the latter passage Bdhgh. expls. gaṇaṅgaṇ-ûpāhanā, Mrs. Rh. D. (Kindred Sayings I. 291) trsls. “buskined shoes". (Page 15)

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