Alingya, Āliṅgya, Alimgya: 9 definitions


Alingya 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य) refers to a type of drum (puṣkara) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “the aṅkī or āṅkika is like a myrobalan. and the ūrdhvaka is like a barley, and the āliṅgya resembles a cow’s tail. The āliṅgya should be made three tālas long and its face eight fingers in diametre”.—(Cf. Āliṅgī from the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 1.2 and Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 2.207)

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य)refers to “embracing (someone)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.13 (“The birth of Gaṇeśa”).—Accordingly, after Pārvatī made Gaṇeśa her doorkeeper: “O sage, saying this, she gave him a hard stick. On seeing his handsome features she was delighted. Out of love and mercy she embraced (āliṅgya) and kissed him. She placed him armed with a staff at her entrance as the gatekeeper. Then the son of the goddess, of great heroic power, stayed at the doorway armed with a staff with a desire to do what was good to her. [...]”.

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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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य) refers to “hugging someone” (around the hips), according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly, “[Vajravārāhī holds] an adamantine knife in the right [hand] and a skull bowl in the left hand; hugs (āliṅgya) the Blessed One (Heruka) around [his] hips with [her] two shanks and loves [him]; [has] one face; [has her] hair untied; is naked; is red in color; wears a garland of hairless heads [as a necklace]; is adorned with sexually attractive ornaments; is crowned with a string of skulls on [her] head; [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य).—mfn.

(-ṅgyaḥ-ṅgyā-ṅgyaṃ) To be embraced. m.

(-ṅgyaḥ) A small drum: see the preceding. E. āliṅga and ṇyat aff.

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

1) Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य):—[=ā-liṅgya] [from ā-liṅg] 1. ā-liṅgya mfn. to be embraced

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of drum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] 2. ā-liṅgya [indeclinable participle] having embraced.

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

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य):—[ā-liṅgya] (gyaḥ) 1. m. Idem.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Āliṅgya (आलिङ्ग्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Āliṃga.

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Alingya in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Āliṃgya (ಆಲಿಂಗ್ಯ):—[adjective] fit to be embraced.

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Āliṃgya (ಆಲಿಂಗ್ಯ):—[noun] a mode of playing percussion instruments.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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