Alaya, aka: Ālaya; 10 Definition(s)
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Ālaya (आलय) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mayamata XIX.10-12, the Mānasāra XIX.108-12 and the Samarāṅgaṇa-sūtradhāra XVIII.8-9, all populair treatises on Vāstuśāstra literature.Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Ālaya (आलय) is the name for a “building” that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The terms—bhavana, gṛha, niveśana, ālaya, veśma, āyatana, aṭṭālaka etc. have been used in the Nīlamata for buildings but it is not possible to distinguish between the significance of one term and the other. No example of the period of the Nīlamata has been preserved. The Nīlamata says nothing about the building-materials. All that is known about the houses mentioned in the Nīlamata is that those had doors and ventilators and were whitewashed. The decoration of houses with fruits, leaves and garlands of rice-plants is also referred to.Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary studySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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 Buddhism)Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary
India history and geogprahy
Ālaya.—cf. ālai (SII 3), a temple; a contraction of dev-ālaya. Cf. āyatana, bhavana, pura, etc. Note: ālaya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
ālaya : (m.) 1. abode; roosting place; 2. desire; attachment; 3. pretence.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Ālaya, (m. & nt.) (cp. Sk. ālaya, ā + lī, līyate, cp. allīna & allīyati, also nirālaya) — 1. orig. roosting place, perch, i. e. abode settling place, house J.I, 10 (geh°); Miln.213; DhA.II, 162 (an° = anoka), 170 (= oka). — 2. “hanging on”, attachment, desire, clinging, lust S.I, 136 = Vin.I, 4 (°rāma “devoted to the things to which it clings” K. S.); Vin.III, 20, 111; S.IV, 372 (an°); V, 421 sq. (id.); A.II, 34, 131 (°rāma); III, 35; It.88; Sn.177 (kām° = kāmesu taṇhā-diṭṭhi-vasena duvidho ālayo SnA 216), 535 (+ āsavāni), 635; Nett 121, 123 (°samugghāta); Vism.293 (id.), 497; Miln.203 (Buddh °ṃ akāsi?); DhA.I, 121; IV, 186 (= taṇhā); SnA 468 (= anoka of Sn.366). — 3. pretence, pretext, feint (cp. BSk. ālaya M Vastu III, 314) J.I, 157 (gilān°), 438; III, 533 (mat°); IV, 37 (gabbhinī); VI 20, 262 (gilān°). (Page 109)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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.
ālaya (आलय).—n S A house, a dwelling, a receptacle, a place of receiving and containing.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
ālaya (आलय).—n A house.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Alaya (अलय).—a. [nāsti layaḥ avasthānaṃ yasya]
1) Houseless, vagrant, moving about; Śi.4.57.
2) Without destruction or loss, imperishable.
-yaḥ 1 Non-destruction, permanence.
2) Birth, production.
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Ālaya (आलय).—[ālīyate'smin, ālī-ac]
1) An abode, a house, a dwelling; आलयं देवशत्रूणां सुघोरं खाण्डवं वनम् (ālayaṃ devaśatrūṇāṃ sughoraṃ khāṇḍavaṃ vanam) Mb.1.223.75; न हि दुष्टात्मनामार्या निवसन्त्यालये चिरम् (na hi duṣṭātmanāmāryā nivasantyālaye ciram) Rām.; सर्वाञ्जनस्थानकृतालयान् (sarvāñjanasthānakṛtālayān) Rām. who lived or dwelt in Janasthāna.
2) A village; मन्दरस्य च ये कोटिं संश्रिताः केचिदालयाः (mandarasya ca ye koṭiṃ saṃśritāḥ kecidālayāḥ) Rām.4.4.25.
3) A receptacle, seat, place; हिमालयो नाम नगाधिराजः (himālayo nāma nagādhirājaḥ) Ku.1.1; so देवालयम्, विद्यालयम् (devālayam, vidyālayam) &c; fig. also; दुःख° (duḥkha°) Bg.8.15; गुण° (guṇa°).
-yam ind. Till destruction, death; पिबत भागवतं रसमालयम् (pibata bhāgavataṃ rasamālayam) Bhāg.
Derivable forms: ālayaḥ (आलयः).
See also (synonyms): ālayam.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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The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
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Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.7.24 < [Chapter 7 - Jagad-ānanda: The Bliss of the Worlds]
Verse 2.2.133 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna: Knowledge]
Verse 1.7.160 < [Chapter 7 - Purna: The Complete Perfection]
Early Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Pallava < [Chapter XIII - Prasada: Component Parts]
Part I, Stone < [Chapter XI - Sculpture]
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A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)