Abala, aka: Abalā, Abālā; 10 Definition(s)

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Abala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Abālā (अबाला) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Abālā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Abala (अबल) is one of the fifteen devas who were the sons of Pāñcajanya. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 22, Verse 11).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Abalā (अबला).—A sister of Dattātreya and Durvāsās; a Brahmavādinī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 76.

2) Abālā (अबाला).—A mindborn mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 27.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Abalā (अबला) is one of the two wifes of Kamalagarbha: a Brāhman from Pratiṣṭhāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Jyotirlekhā, and Dhūmalekhā said to Śrīdarśana: “... long ago there dwelt in Pratiṣṭhāna a Brāhman, of the name of Kamalagarbha, and he had two wives: the name of the one was Pathyā, and the name of the other Abalā. Now in course of time all three, the husband and the wives, were worn out with old age, and at last they entered the fire together, being attached to one another”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Abalā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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abala : (adj.) weak; feeble. || abalā (f.), a woman.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Abala, (adj.) (a + bala) not strong, weak, feeble Sn.1120 (= dubbala, appabala, appathāma Nd2 73); Dh.29 (°assa a weak horse = dubbalassa DhA.I, 262; opp. sīghassa a quick horse). (Page 58)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

abalā (अबला).—f (S A weak one.) pop. abaḷā f A woman or female.

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abaḷa (अबळ).—a (abala S) Wanting strength, weak.

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abaḷa (अबळ).—f (Commonly abāḷa) Neglect, heedless keeping or treatment.

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abāḷa (अबाळ).—f (a & bāḷagaṇēṃ To cherish.) Also, by redup. abāḷa sabāḷa f Neglect, heedless keeping or treatment, want of care or attention. Ex. ghōḍā khāṇyāpiṇyācē abāḷīmuḷēṃ khaṅgalā. Also mhaṇēṃ jhāḍā- cī a0 jhālī bahuta || kērakacarā paḍalā ānta || banakarī āṇūna śikṣā karāvī || 2 Adverse circumstances; a pinched or straitened state; exigency. Ex. sāmprata mājhī khāṇyā jēvaṇyācī a0 āhē. 3 Absence of neatness, order, comfortableness &c.

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ābaḷa (आबळ) [or आबाळ, ābāḷa].—f C (Properly abāḷa) Careless keeping or treatment; neglect.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

abalā (अबला).—f A woman or female.

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abaḷa (अबळ).—f Neglect, heedless keeping or training.

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abāḷa (अबाळ).—f Neglect, heedless keeping or training.

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abāḷa (अबाळ).—f Neglect, heedless keeping or treatment, want of care or attention. Adverse circumstances, pinched or straitened circumstances.

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ābaḷa (आबळ).—f Neglect, careless keeping.

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ābāḷa (आबाळ).—f Neglect, careless keeping.

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

Abala (अबल).—a.

1) Weak, feeble, unprotected.

-laḥ Name of a plant Crataeva Roxburghii (varuṇavṛkṣa) (Mar. vāyavarṇā)

-lā 1 A woman (as belonging to the weaker sex); नूनं हि ते कविवरा विपरीतबोधा ये नित्यमाहुरबला इति कामिनीनाम् । याभिर्विलोलतरतारकदृष्टिपातैः शक्रादयोऽपि विजितास्त्वबलाः कथं ताः (nūnaṃ hi te kavivarā viparītabodhā ye nityamāhurabalā iti kāminīnām | yābhirvilolataratārakadṛṣṭipātaiḥ śakrādayo'pi vijitāstvabalāḥ kathaṃ tāḥ) || Bh.1.1; compare also : -हृदये वहसि गिरीन्द्रौ त्रिभुवन- जयिनी कटाक्षेण । अबला त्वं यदि मन्ये के बलवन्तो न जानीमः (hṛdaye vahasi girīndrau tribhuvana- jayinī kaṭākṣeṇa | abalā tvaṃ yadi manye ke balavanto na jānīmaḥ) || Udb. °जनः (janaḥ) a. woman; इष्टप्रवासजनितान्यबलाजनस्य दुःखानि (iṣṭapravāsajanitānyabalājanasya duḥkhāni)...Ś. 4.3; R.9.46.

2) One of the ten earths according to the Buddhists.

-lam Weakness, want of strength; see बलाबलम् (balābalam) also.

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Abāla (अबाल).—a.

1) Not childish, youth; Nir. IX.1.

2) Not young, full (as the moon).

See also (synonyms): abāliśa.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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