Alpakala, Alpakāla: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Alpakāla (अल्पकाल).—A short time. (Alpa=short and Kāla =time). In the Bhāgavata the following definition is given of alpakāla: "Take two tender leaves of a lotus and place one on the other. Let a strong man take a sharp needle and thrust it hard at the leaves. The time taken for the needle to pierce one leaf and reach the other is alpakāla". [Bhāgavata (Malayalam version), Skandha 3].

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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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