Ahalya, aka: Ahalyā; 6 Definition(s)
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Katha (narrative stories)
Ahalyā (अहल्या) is the wife of hermit Gautama by whom she got cursed after he found out her secret affair with Indra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17. Accordingly, the curse uttered by Gautama ran as follows:—“Harlot, take for a long time the nature of a stone, until thou behold Rāma wandering in the forest.”
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Ahalyā, 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
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Ahalyā (अहल्या):—The female counterpart of the twin children of Mudgala (one of the five sons of Bharmyāśva), while the male was called Divodāsa. She gave birth to a son named Śatānanda by her husband called Gautama. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.34)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Ahalyā (अहल्या).—Turned into stone by the curse of her husband, Gautama. Ahalyā was a princess of the Pūru dynasty. Genealogy. Descended in order from Viṣṇu as follows: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti-Pūru-Janamejaya-Prācinvā-Pravīra-Namasyu-Vītabhaya-Śuṇḍu-Bahuvidha-Saṃyāti-Rahovādi-Raudrāśva-Matināra-Santurodha-Duṣyanta-Bharata-Bṛhatkṣetra-Hasti-Ajamīḍha-Nīla-Śānti-Śuśānti-Puruja-Arka-Bharmyaśva-Pāñcāla-Mudgala-Ahalyā. (See full article at Story of Ahalyā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
- 1) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 7-8; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 201; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 62, 200-2.
- 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 91.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Ahalya was a daughter of Lord Brahma. He sent her to the hermitage of sage Gautama to learn the scriptures. When the time came for her marriage, her divine beauty ensured that she did not lack for suitors. Indra, many other Devas and even her teacher Gautama sought her hand in marriage. Brahma announced that he would give her in marriage to the first person who completes traveling around the world. Indra was leading in this race. However, acting on the advice of sage Narada, Gautama walked around a cow. Since the scriptures say that a cow is equal to the whole world, he was adjudged to have won the race. Gautama's marriage with Ahalya was duly celebrated. They had a son named Shataananda.Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology
Languages of India and abroad
2) Not arable.
-lyaḥ Name of a country.
-lyā Name of the wife of Gautama [According to the Rāmāyana she was the first woman created by Brahmā, who gave her to Gautama. She was seduced by Indra who assumed the form of her husband and so deceived her, or, according to another version, she knew the god and was flattered by the great God's condescension. There is another story which states that Indra secured the assistance of the moon who, assuming the form of a cock, crowed at mid-night. This roused Gautama to his morning devotions, and Indra went in and took his place. Gautama, when he knew of her seduction expelled her from his hermitage and cursed her to be a stone and become invisible till she should be touched by the feet of Dāśarathi Rāma which would restore her to her former shape. Rāma afterwards delivered her from her wretched state and she was reconciled to her husband. Ahalyā is one of the five very chaste and pure women whose names every one is recommended to repeat in the morning; अहल्या द्रौपदी सीता तारा मन्दोदरी तथा । पञ्चकं ना स्मरेन्नित्यं महापातकनाशनम् (ahalyā draupadī sītā tārā mandodarī tathā | pañcakaṃ nā smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśanam) || Kumārila Bhaṭṭa explains the seduction of Ahalyā as Indra's (the sun's) carrying away the shades of night, Ahalyā signifying night.] For a very succinct account, see also Mv.1.
2) Name of a sea.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 17 books and stories containing Ahalya or Ahalyā. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Laghu-yoga-vasistha (by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar)
The Gautami Mahatmya (by G. P. Bhatt)
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter LXXXIX - Story of indra and ahalya < [Book III - Utpatti khanda (utpatti khanda)]
Chapter XC - Love of the fictitious indra and ahalya < [Book III - Utpatti khanda (utpatti khanda)]
Chapter XCI - Incarnation of the living soul or jiva < [Book III - Utpatti khanda (utpatti khanda)]
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 54 - The Rape of Ahalyā < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
Chapter 56 - Satya & Dharma Come to Sukalā’s Help < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 25 - The planned arrangement of Gautama < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 15 - The incarnation of Gṛhapati (3) < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 50 - Description of fun and frolic < [Section 2.3 - Rudra-saṃhitā (3): Pārvatī-khaṇḍa]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)