Antarala, aka: Antarāla, Antarāḷa, Āntarāla, Antar-ala; 10 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Antarāḷa can be transliterated into English as Antarala or Antaralia, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Antarāla (अन्तराल).—Antechamber in front of vimāna, usually linking vimāna with maṇḍapa.

Source: Google Books: Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation

Antarāla (अन्तराल, “vestibule”) is a small cella built adjacent to the garbhagṛha (‘sanctum’) on its front side and is connected through a doorway. Antarāla is a chamber that connects the garbhagṛha and the gūḍhamaṇḍapa. Therefore, to it is also referred as to vestibule or antechamber. The synonym of antarāla is śukanāsi, the reason being that this part comes directly under the śukanāsa projection of the Drāviḍa prāsāda. Therefore, the part below the śukhanāsa is called śukanāsi.

Amarakośa mentions antarāla to indicate an inner quarter of the building.

Antarāla, on plan is normally square. The dimensions of the plan of the antarāla are either equal to or less than the dimensions of the garbhagṛha. The antarala doorway is always placed in the axis of the doorway of the garbhagṛha. The ceiling of the antarāla may be flat or may be of nābhicchanda type. The ceilings are often decorated with blossomed padmas in the centre.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Antarāla (अन्तराल, “antechamber”) refers to a common concept found in the ancient Indian “science of architecture” (vāstuvidyā).—Antarāla is an antechamber between the maṇḍapa (open pillared hall) and the garbhagṛha (sanctum sanctorum);

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Architecture (1): Early and Classical Architecture
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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.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Antarāla (अन्तराल, “vestibule”) refers to the “rectangular chamber” of the Hindu temple.—In front of the doorway is the rectangular chamber which is called the antarāla or vestibule. The vestibule is the intermediate chamber between the garbhagṛha and the pillared hall called the maṇḍapa. Entrance to the maṇḍapa is by a porch called the ardha-maṇḍapa (the hall leading to the inner sanctum sanctorum). In a fully formed temple there may be a transept on each side of the central hall known as the mahāmaṇḍapa.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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India history and geogprahy

Antarāla.—(EI 1), part of a temple; cf. antarāla-maṇḍapa. Note: antarāla 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
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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antarāla : (nt.) interval.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Antarāḷa, (nt.) (Sk antarāla) interior, interval Dāvs.I, 52; III, 53 (nabh°). (Page 48)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Marathi-English dictionary

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antarāla (अंतराल).—n m (S) Interval, intermediate or included space.

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antarāḷa (अंतराळ).—n (antarāla S) The circumambient air or space, the atmosphere, the heavens. 2 Interval, intermediate space.

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antarāḷa (अंतराळ).—ad In the air or sky; up in the heavens.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

antarāḷa (अंतराळ).—n The sky; interval; intermediate or included space.

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

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Antarāla (अन्तराल).—[antaraṃ vyavadhānasīmāṃ ārāti gṛhṇāti, ārā-ka, rasya latvam]

1) Intermediate space or region or time, interval; दंष्ट्रान्तराललग्न (daṃṣṭrāntarālalagna) K.3; आस्यान्तरालनिःसृतेन (āsyāntarālaniḥsṛtena) Dk.143; दिड्नामान्यन्तराले (diḍnāmānyantarāle) P.II.2.26; दक्षिणस्याः पूर्वस्याश्च दिशोरन्तरालं दक्षिणपूर्वा (dakṣiṇasyāḥ pūrvasyāśca diśorantarālaṃ dakṣiṇapūrvā) Sk.; Śi.9.2; पयोधरान्तरालम् (payodharāntarālam) K.83; रागलज्जान्तरालवर्तिभिरीक्षणविशेषैः (rāgalajjāntarālavartibhirīkṣaṇaviśeṣaiḥ) Dk.17,143 half way betwixt love and bashfulness; प्रतिमानं प्रतिच्छाया गजदन्तान्तरालयोः (pratimānaṃ praticchāyā gajadantāntarālayoḥ) Trik.; oft. used for 'room' or 'space' in general; त्रस्तजनदत्तान्तरालया राजवीथ्या (trastajanadattāntarālayā rājavīthyā) Dk.15; भुवनान्तरालविप्रकीर्णेन शाखासञ्चयेन (bhuvanāntarālaviprakīrṇena śākhāsañcayena) K.2,162; अन्तराले (antarāle) in midway; in the midle; or middst; in the interval; बाष्पाम्भः- परिपतनोद्गमान्तराले (bāṣpāmbhaḥ- paripatanodgamāntarāle) in the interval between the dropping down and starting up of tears; U.1.31; Māl.9.14; अहमागच्छन्नन्तराले महता सिंहेन अभिहितः (ahamāgacchannantarāle mahatā siṃhena abhihitaḥ) Pt.1; कंचित्पुरुषमन्तराल एवावलम्ब्य (kaṃcitpuruṣamantarāla evāvalambya) Dk.15; न मयान्येन वान्तराले दृष्टा (na mayānyena vāntarāle dṛṣṭā) Dk.123.

2) Interior, inside, inner or middle part; छिद्रीकृतान्तरालम् (chidrīkṛtāntarālam) Dk.148; विषमीकृतान्तरालया (viṣamīkṛtāntarālayā) K.223.

3) Mixed tribe or caste (saṃkīrṇavarṇa); वर्णानां सान्तरालानां स सदाचार इष्यते (varṇānāṃ sāntarālānāṃ sa sadācāra iṣyate).

Derivable forms: antarālam (अन्तरालम्).

See also (synonyms): antarālaka.

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Āntarāla (आन्तराल).—a. [antarālaṃ vetti aṇ] One conversant with the inner nature, Name of a philosophical sect.

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Antarāla (अन्तराल).—See s. v.

Antarāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms antar and āla (आल). See also (synonyms): antarāya.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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