Anila, aka: Anīla, Ānila, Ānīla; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Anila (अनिल) or Anilāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Santānāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Anila Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Santāna-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Anila (अनिल).—One of the Aṣṭa (8) Vasus. His father was Dharma and mother Śvāsā. Anila married Śivā and had two sons, Manojava and Avijñāti. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 66, Verses 17-25).

2) Anila (अनिल).—Garuḍa had a son called Anila. (Mahābhārata, Udyoga Parva, Chapter 101, Verse 9).

3) Anila (अनिल).—A word used as a synonym of Śiva. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 149, Verse 100).

4) Anila (अनिल).—A word used as a synonym of Viṣṇu. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 149, Verse 38).

5) Anila (अनिल).—A Kṣatriya King. His father, Vṛṣādarbhi presented him as Dakṣiṇā to the Saptarṣis (7 sages) at a yajña performed by him (father). The King expired soon after this. There was then a famine in the country. The Saptarṣis, tortured by hunger and thirst got ready to prepare food with the corpse of the King. But the corpse retained its form and they could not cook food with it. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 96)

6) Anīla (अनील).—A famous serpent. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 35, Verse 7).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Anila (अनिल).—The God of Wind invoked.1 A surname of Vāyu;2 father of Bhīmasena.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 6. 16.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 12.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 35; Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 27.

1b) A Vāsava: married Śivā and had two sons —Manojava and Avijñatagati. See iśāna.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 10. 80; III. 3. 21; Matsya-purāṇa 5. 21; 203. 3; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 20, 25; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 110, 114.

1c) The vāyu purāṇa narrated by Wind-god with samāsa bandhas and rhythm;1 23,000 stanzas.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 3. 8.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 7.

1d) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Mitravindā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 16.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Anīla (अनील) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.35.7, I.60.17) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Anīla) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Anila (अनिल):—Another name for Vāyu, a Vedic deity representing the cosmic life breath (the universal spirit). The name Anila means “the one by whom one lives”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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Pali-English dictionary

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anila : (m.) wind.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Anila, (from an, cp. Sk. aniti to breathe, cp. Gr. a)/nemos wind; Lat. animus breath, soul, mind) wind J.IV, 119 (°patha air, sky); Miln.181; VvA.237; Sdhp.594. (Page 33)

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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Marathi-English dictionary

anila (अनिल).—m S Wind or air.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anila (अनिल).—m Wind.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anila (अनिल).—[aniti jīvati anena, an ilac Uṇ.1.54]

1) Wind; वायुरनिलममृतमथेदम् (vāyuranilamamṛtamathedam) Īśop.17. प्राणानामनिलेन वृत्तिरुचिता (prāṇānāmanilena vṛttirucitā) Ś.7.12; स सखा दीप इवानिलाहतः (sa sakhā dīpa ivānilāhataḥ) Ku.4.3. (The number of winds is 7:āvaho nivahaścaiva udvahaḥ saṃvahastathā | vivahaḥ pravahaścaiva parivāhastathaiva ca || and these are again subdivided into 7 divisions, the total number being 49).

2) The god of wind.

3) One of the subordinate deities, 49 of whom form the class of winds.

4) Name of one of the 8 Vasus, i. e. the fifth.

5) The wind in the body, one of the humours; °हन्, °हृत्, °घ्न (han, °hṛt, °ghna).

6) Rheumatism or any disease referred to disorder of the wind.

7) The letter य् (y).

8) Symbolical expression for the number 49.

9) Name of the lunar asterism स्वाति (svāti).

1) Name of Viṣṇu (tasya prāṇātmanā sarvadehadhāraṇāt tathātvam).

Derivable forms: anilaḥ (अनिलः).

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Anīla (अनील).—a Not blue, white &c. °वाजिन् (vājin) m. 'whitehorsed'; Name of Arjuna; इतीरिताकूतमनीलवाजिनम् (itīritākūtamanīlavājinam) Ki. 14.26,42

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Ānila (आनिल).—a. (- f.) [अनिलस्येदं अण् (anilasyedaṃ aṇ)]

1) Proceeding from or produced by wind, windy.

2) Presided over by or sacred to Vāyu (as an oblation &c).

-laḥ, -āniliḥ Name of Hanūmat or Bhīma

3) Name of the lunar asterism स्वाती (svātī).

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Ānīla (आनील).—a. Darkish, slightly blue.

-laḥ 1 A black horse.

2) Tin. (Nigh.)

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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