Alamba, aka: Ālamba, Āḷamba, Ālambā; 6 Definition(s)


Alamba means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Āḷamba can be transliterated into English as Alamba or Aliamba, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Alamba in Purana glossaries]

Ālamba (आलम्ब).—An ancient sage. He flourished in Yudhiṣṭhira’s court. (Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 5, Verse 5).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Ālamba (आलम्ब).—A class of sages.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 200. 17.

2) Ālambā (आलम्बा).—A daughter of Khaśā, and a Rākṣasī, after whom came the ālambeya gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 138; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 170.
(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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Alamba in Theravada glossaries]

1. Alamba - Probably the name of a divine musician, one of a large number who wait on Sakka and on his wives (Vv., pp.16, 47). Dhammapala (VvA.96) quotes this view and objects to it, saying that the name is not that of a musician but of a musical instrument. The opinion that the name denotes a celestial musician seems, however, to be the right one. For a discussion see Hardy: Vimanavatthu Commentary (P.T.S. Ed.), 372-3.

2. Alamba - See Alambayana.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Alamba in Pali glossaries]

ālamba : (m.) 1. support; 2. help; 3. anything to hang on.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Alamba, (adj.) (a + lamba) not hanging down, not drooping, short J.V, 302; VI, 3 (°tthaniyo not flabby: of a woman’s breasts cp. alamb’ordhva-stanī Suśruta I.371). (Page 79)

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Ālamba, (Sk. ālamba, ā + lamb) anything to hang on, support S.I, 53 (an° without support); Sn.173 (id. + appatiṭṭha); J.III, 396; Miln.343; Sdhp.245, 463. (Page 109)

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Āḷamba, = āḷambara Vv 189 = 5024. See ālambara. (Page 110)

(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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Alamba in Sanskrit glossaries]

Ālamba (आलम्ब).—a. Hanging down.

-baḥ 1 Depending on or from.

2) That on which one rests or leans, prop, stay; इह हि पततां नास्त्यालम्बा न चापि निवर्तनम् (iha hi patatāṃ nāstyālambā na cāpi nivartanam) Śānti.3.2.

3) Support, protection; तवालम्बादम्ब स्फुरदलघुगर्वेण सहसा (tavālambādamba sphuradalaghugarveṇa sahasā) Jag.; सीतां शून्ये यथासुखं (sītāṃ śūnye yathāsukhaṃ); निरालम्बां हरिष्यामि (nirālambāṃ hariṣyāmi) Rām.; अपश्यन्त निरालम्बं तं ययातिं परिच्युतम् (apaśyanta nirālambaṃ taṃ yayātiṃ paricyutam) Mb.5.121.5.

4) Receptacle.

5) A perpendicular.

-bā Name of a plant with poisonous leaves.

(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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