Alambala, Alam-bala: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Alambala (अलम्बल).—A giant who used to eat human flesh. This cannibal was the son of Jaṭāsura. This asura (Alambala) fought on the side of the Kauravas in the Kurukṣetra battle because Bhīmasena had killed his father, Jaṭāsura. In the battle, Ghaṭotkaca cut off the head of this mighty warrior and magician and threw his head into the war-chariot of Duryodhana. (Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 149).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alambala (अलम्बल).—a.

1) strong enough, having sufficient power.

2) an epithet of Śiva.

Alambala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms alam and bala (बल).

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

Alaṃbala (अलंबल):—[=alaṃ-bala] [from alaṃ > alam] mfn. ‘equal to any power’, Name of Śiva.

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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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