Acala, Acalā: 28 definitions

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Acala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Achala.

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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "Still Lord"

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Acala (अचल).—General. Acala was the son of Subala, a King of Gāndhāra. He was Śakuni’s brother and a heroic Charioteer on the side of the Kauravas. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 168, Verse 1).

Acala had also taken part in Yudhiṣṭhira’s Rājasūya. (A very expensive sacrifice—yāga—performed by an emperor.) (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 7).

Acala had a brother named Vṛṣaka. In the battle between the Kauravas and Pāṇḍavas, Arjuna killed Acala and Vṛṣaka. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 30, Verse 11).

One night Vyāsa summoned the departed holy souls and Acala also was among them. (Mahābhārata Āśvamedhika Parva, Chapter 32, Verse 12). (See full article at Story of Acala from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Acala (अचल).—Name of a bull. Among the pārṣadas of Skanda we see the bull named Acala. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 85, Verse 74).

3) Acala (अचल).—An epithet of Mahāviṣṇu. Among the thousand names of Mahāviṣṇu we see the name Acala also. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 149, Verse 92).

4) Acala (अचल).—Subrahmaṇya, who was born from Śiva’s semen which fell into the fire, was made Commander-in-Chief (Generalissimo) by the gods to kill Tārakāsura. A large number of warriors and mothers were assigned to assist him. A woman named Acalā was included among those mothers. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 40, Verse 14).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Acala (अचल).—ety.—immovable, hence a mountain.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 11.

1b) The name of Bhairava in the kiricakra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 82.

1c) The son of Mahīnetra; ruled for 32 years.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 271. 28.

1d) A devaṛṣi.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 84.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Acala (अचल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.31.7, VIII.4.39, IX.44.69) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Acala) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[(A) next»] — Acala in Yoga glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Acala is one of the eighty-four Siddhas associated with eighty-four Yogic postures (āsanas), according to popular tradition in Jodhpur, Rājasthān. These posture-performing Siddhas are drawn from illustrative sources known as the Nava-nātha-caurāsī-siddha from Vȧrāṇasī and the Nava-nātha-caruāsī-siddha-bālāsundarī-yogamāyā from Puṇe. They bear some similarity between the eighty-four Siddhas painted on the walls of the sanctum of the temple in Mahāmandir.

The names of these Siddhas (e.g., Acala) to 19th-century inscription on a painting from Jodhpur, which is labelled as “Maharaja Mansing and eighty-four Yogis”. The association of Siddhas with yogis reveals the tradition of seeing Matsyendra and his disciple Gorakṣa as the founders of haṭhayoga.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Acalā (अचला) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Suvaktrā in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Acalā (अचला) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Acalā], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Acala (अचल) refers to one of the major divisions of Hindu images, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The Hindu images are divided into three classes–chala (movable), achala (immovable), and chalāchala (movable-immovable). The immovable (acala) images cannot be moved from the particular place where they are installed. They are made up of mṛnmaya (terracotta) or sārkara (laterite), and sauyaja (stucco). The dhruva or yoga-bera or mūla-vigraha that are permanently established in a shrine come under this category.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Assistant to the architect of the Maha Thupa. MT.535.

2. One of the eminent monks present at the foundation of the Maha Thupa. MT.526.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Acalā (अचला) refers to the unshakeable one” and represents one of the Bodhisattva bhūmis, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. Accordingly, “being supported by these nine indriyas, the Bodhisattva will enter into the assurance of the ultimate attainment of enlightenment of the bodhisattva (bodhisattva-niyāma)”. In other words, the Bodhisattva will enter into the eighth Bodhisattva bhūmi, the Acalā, the “unshakeable one”. According to most sources, the Acalā marks an important turning point in the Bodhisattva’s career [...].

2) Acalā (अचला) or Acalābhūmi refers to the “unshakable bhūmi” and represents one of the ten Bodhisattva grounds (bodhisattabhūmi), according to the Daśabhūmikasūtra, or Daśabhūmīśvara, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52.—Acalā-bhūmi is also known as “mi gyo ba, pou tong”.

The Bodhisattva-mahāsattva in the eighth bhūmi (acalā) must completely fulfill five dharmas.

What are these five?

  1. Penetrating the minds of all beings.
  2. Playing with the superknowledges.
  3. Seeing the buddha-fields.
  4. Constructing his own field on the model of the buddha-fields previously seen.
  5. Seeing the body of the Buddhas in conformity with reality.

Those are the five dharmas to be completely fulfilled. [...]

[...] Furthermore, O Subhūti, the Bodhisattva-mahāsattva in the eighth ground (acalā-bhūmi) should completely fulfill five dharmas, namely:

  1. Knowing the extent of the spiritual faculties.
  2. Purifying the buddha-field.
  3. Concentrating oneself in the magic-like concentration.
  4. Perpetual concentration.
  5. According to such and such a degree of achievement that the roots of good of beings have, the Bodhisattva assumes such and such a form of existence.

These, O Subhūti, are the five dharmas which the bodhisattva-mahāsattva residing in the eighth ground (acalā-bhūmi) must fulfill completely.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

1) Acala (अचल) is another name for Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa or Caṇḍaroṣaṇa: one of the various emanations of Akṣobhya having their Sādhana described in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—His Colour is yellow; his Symbols are the sword and tarjanīpāśa; he has two arms.—Caṇḍaroṣaṇa is also called Mahācaṇḍaroṣaṇa, Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa and Acala. Four Sādhanas are devoted to his worship and he is always represented in yab-yum. Prabhākarakīrti is said to be the author of one of the Sādhanas the major portion of which is is verse.

2) Acala (अचल) presides over the Īśāna-corner and represents one of the ten deities of the quarters (Dikpāla) commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—His Colour is blue; he has three faces and six arms.—Acala is the eighth deity in the series, and is regarded as the presiding deity of the Īśāna-corner. His form is several times described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī. It is probable that this deity is the same as Acala who is known as Caṇḍaroṣaṇa.

Acala is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (mañjuvajra-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“In the Īśāna corner there is Acala with blue complexion. His three faces are blue, white and red. He holds the sword, the vajra, the jewel and the lotus”.

[In the vajrahūṃkāra-maṇḍala he is given the name of Vajrabhīṣaṇa, but in the dharmadhātuvagīśvara-maṇḍala his name is Trailokyavijaya.]

3) Acalā (अचला) or Acalābhūmi refers to one of twelve Bhūmi Goddesses, according to the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Her Colour is white; her Symbol is a vajra on lotus; she has two arms.

Acalā is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (dharmadhātuvāgīśvara-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“Acalā is of the colour of the moon in autumn, and holds with pride in her left hand the stalk of a lotus over which is placed the five-thonged vajra on the disc of the moon”.

[These twelve bhūmis [viz., Acalā] are two-armed and hold in the right hand the vajra and in the left their own weapons or signs.]

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Acala (अचल) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Acalī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Hṛdayacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the hṛdayacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Acala] are reddish yellow in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

1) Acalā (अचला, “immovable”) or Acalābhūmi refers to the eighth of the “ten stages of the Bodhisattva” (bhūmi) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 64). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., acalā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D. Arciṣmatī is also included in the “thirteen stages of the Bodhisattva” (trayodaśa-bhūmi).

2) Acalā (अचला, “mountain”) refers to one of the “seven lower regions” (pātāla ) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 123).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Acala (अचल) is the name of the first Baladeva according to Śvetāmbara, while the Digambara tradition mentions him as the second Baladeva. Jain legends describe nine such Baladevas (“gentle heroes”) usually appearing together with their “violent” twin-brothers known as the Vāsudevas. The legends of these twin-heroes usually involve their antagonistic counterpart known as the Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes).

The mother of Acala is known by the name Bhadrā according to the Samavāyāṅga-sūtra, and their stories are related in texts such as the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

The nine Baladevas (such as Acala) are also known as Balabhadra and are further described in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition. The appearance of a Baladeva is described as follows: their body is of a white complexion, they wear a blue-black robe, and the mark of the palm-tree (tāla) is seen on their banners.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

acala : (adj.) not moving; unshakeable.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

acala (अचल).—a (S) Fixed, stationary, not locomotive.

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acala (अचल).—m (S a priv. cala That moves.) A mountain or hill.

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acalā (अचला).—f S (Because supposed to be fixed.) The earth.

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acalā (अचला).—m A handkerchief.

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acaḷa (अचळ) [or अंचूळ, añcūḷa].—m (Commonly āñcūḷa) A teat or dug.

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acaḷa (अचळ).—a (acala S) Slow, gentle, mild, of quiet disposition. 2 Steady, still, settled, tranquil--water &c. 3 Stable, fixed, enduring. 4 Of fixed or firm purpose. 5 Unmoved, untouched, unaffected by use or touch--articles of food &c. 6 ad Steadily--carrying, moving, placing.

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acāla (अचाल).—f (a & cāla Progress.) Stoppage, stopped state. Ex. tujhī a0 asalyāsa dōna divasa mājhī kōyatī ghēūna jā.

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

acala (अचल).—m A mountain. a Fixed.

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acaḷa (अचळ).—m A teat or dug.

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acaḷa (अचळ).—a Steady; slow. ad Steadily.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Acala (अचल).—a. Steady, immovable, motionless, fixed, permanent; चित्रन्यस्तमिवाचलं चामरम् (citranyastamivācalaṃ cāmaram) V.1.5; तपसेऽधिवस्तु- मचलामचलः (tapase'dhivastu- macalāmacalaḥ) Ki.6.18; समाधावचला बुद्धिस्तदा योगमवाप्स्यसि (samādhāvacalā buddhistadā yogamavāpsyasi) Bg. 2.53.; यत्र स्थाणुरिवाचलः (yatra sthāṇurivācalaḥ) Ś.7.11. immovable.

-laḥ 1 A mountain; (rarely) a rock.

2) A bolt or pin (śaṅku).

3) The number seven.

4) Name of Śiva, of the soul, of the first of the 9 deified persons among Jainas.

-lā The earth (so called because the earth is immovable according to one view, or, according to Ārya Bhaṭṭa who rejects this view, acalāḥ parvatāḥ santyatra, astyarthe ac; acalatvāt svakakṣāto bahirgamanābhāvādvā). cf. अचलः पर्वते वृक्षे कीलावसुधयोः स्त्रियाम् (acalaḥ parvate vṛkṣe kīlāvasudhayoḥ striyām) Nm.

-lam Brahman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Acala (अचल).—m., (1) name of a samādhi: Mahāvyutpatti 580; Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 1421.19; (2) name of a future Buddha: Avadāna-śataka i.53.18; (3) one of the krodha (compare next): Sādhanamālā 137.13.

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Acalā (अचला).—(1) name of the 8th Bodhisattva bhūmi: Mahāvyutpatti 893; Dharmasaṃgraha 64; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 15.5; 221.19; Daśabhūmikasūtra 5.10 etc.; Bodhisattvabhūmi 353.3; (2) name of a rākṣasī: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 400.6; Mahā-Māyūrī 243.26; (3) name of a female-lay-disciple: Gaṇḍavyūha 170.13; 172.1 ff.; Acalopāsi- kāvimokṣa (so read for text vācanopās°), Śikṣāsamuccaya 36.4, refers to Gaṇḍavyūha 170—179, dealing with Acalā's instruction to Sudhana; Śikṣāsamuccaya 36.5—8, cited from Gaṇḍavyūha 171.21 26.

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

Acala (अचल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Fixed, immoveable. m. (laḥ) 1. A mountain. 2. A pin or bolt. f.

(-lā) The earth. E. a not, and cala who, goes from cala and ac aff.

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

Acala (अचल).—[a-cala]. I. adj., f. . 1. Immovable. 2. Steady, [Pañcatantra] 202, 19. Ii. m. A mountain.

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

Acala (अचल).—[adjective] the same; [masculine] mountain, [feminine] ā the earth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Acala (अचल) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. Śp. p. 4. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa]

2) Acala (अचल):—Āhnikadipaka. B. 3, 66. P. 19. Nirṇayadīpaka. B. 3, 98. D 2.

3) Acala (अचल):—son of Vatsarāja: Śāṅkhāyanāhnika. Peters. 2, 170.

4) Acala (अचल):—son of Vatsarāja, son of Govinda, son of Lakṣmīdhara, son of Ananta, composed the Nirṇayadīpaka in 1518. Io. 690-92. The Śāṅkhāyanāhnika and Mahārudrapaddhati (Mahārudravidhāna) belong to the same author.

5) Acala (अचल):—son of Vatsarāja, son of Govinda, son of Lakṣmīdhara, son of Ananta: Āhnikadīpaka. Nirṇayadīpaka, composed in 1519. Mahārudrapaddhati.

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

1) Acala (अचल):—[=a-cala] mf(ā)n. not moving, immovable

2) [v.s. ...] m. a mountain, rock

3) [v.s. ...] a bolt or pin

4) [v.s. ...] the number seven

5) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva and of the first of the nine deified persons, called ‘white Balas’ among the Jainas

6) [v.s. ...] of a Devarṣi, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

7) Acalā (अचला):—[=a-calā] [from a-cala] f. the earth

8) [v.s. ...] one of the ten degrees which are to be ascended by a Bodhisattva before becoming a Buddha.

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