Ashtadala, aka: Aṣṭadala, Ashtan-dala; 4 Definition(s)
Ashtadala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
The Sanskrit term Aṣṭadala can be transliterated into English as Astadala or Ashtadala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Aṣṭadala (अष्टदल) refers to a “mystical diagram of the lotus of eight petals”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] or he shall make the mystical diagram of the lotus of eight petals (aṣṭadala) and install Śiva in its middle. He himself shall sit near all the materials of worship around him. [...] The Liṅga shall be purified and installed with various mantras beginning with Praṇava and ending with Namaḥ (obeisance). The pedestal in the form of Svastika or lotus shall be assigned with Praṇava”.
In the eight petals, in the eight quarters, the eight achievements are identified viz:—
- The eastern petal is Aṇimā (minuteness),
- the southern is Laghimā (lightness),
- the western is Mahimā (greatness),
- the northern is Prāpti (power of reaching),
- the south-eastern is Prākāmya (power of sufficiency),
- the south-western is Īśitva (lordliness);
- the north-western is Vaśitva (power of control),
- the north-eastern is Sarvajñatva (omniscience),
- the pericarp is the moon (Soma)”.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
aṣṭadala (अष्टदल).—n (S) pop. aṣṭadaḷa n A figure of eight petals or divisions, as described to resemble a lotus-leaf.
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aṣṭadala (अष्टदल).—a (S) Octopetalous: also eight-leaved.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
aṣṭadala (अष्टदल).—a Eight-leaved, octopetalous.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.
1) a lotus having eight petals.
2) an octagon.
Derivable forms: aṣṭadalam (अष्टदलम्).
Aṣṭadala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and dala (दल).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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