Atula, Atulā: 9 definitions


Atula means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Atula - An upasaka of Savatthi. He went with five hundred others to listen to Revata, who, however, being fond of solitude, would not preach to him. In anger he went to Sariputta who, on hearing his grievances, discoursed at length on the Abhidhamma. Annoyed thereat he repaired to Ananda, to whom he told the story. Ananda preached them a very short sermon, and the upasakas in despair sought the Buddha. The Buddha pointed out to them that they had been too hasty in their condemnation. At the end of the discourse Atula and his companions gained the First Fruit of the Path. DhA.iii.325-9.

2. Atula - A naga king. The Bodhisatta in the time of Sumana Buddha. He had music played before the Buddha and gave him a pair of robes. J.i.34; Bu.v.15f.; Mbv.10.

3. Atula - A naga king. The Bodhisatta in Vipassi Buddhas time. He offered the Buddha a golden seat embossed with jewels. J.i.41; Mbv.11; Bu.xx.10f.

4. Atula - A celebrated physician of old, mentioned in a list with six others. Mil.272.

5. Atula - Son of Sikhi, who later became Sikhi Buddha. His mother was Sabbakama. Bu.xxi.17; DA.ii.422.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Atulā is the name of a vihāra situated in an unknown area of Anurādhapura.—Mahinda IV (956-972) installed a gold Image of the Buddha in Atulā-vihāra.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

atula (अतुल).—a S pop. atūḷa a Unequaled, unrivalled, unparalleled.

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

atula (अतुल).—a Unequalled, unparalleled

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atūḷa (अतूळ).—a Unequalled, unparalleled

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Atula (अतुल).—a. [na. ba.] Unequalled, unsurpassed, matchless, peerless, incomparable, very great; भयमतुलं गुरुलोकात् (bhayamatulaṃ gurulokāt) Pt.5.31; so °पराक्रम, °रूप (parākrama, °rūpa) &c.

-laḥ 1 The sesamum seed and plant (tilakavṛkṣa).

2) Cough Nigh.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Atula (अतुल).—(1) (-gandharāja), some kind of perfume: Gv 153.14; (2) m. (Pali id.), n. of a nāga-king, previous in- carnation of Śākyamuni: Mv i.249.18; 251.12; [(3) a high number: in Gv 105.25 text sattvatulasya, read certainly sattvā°; but possibly sattvātulyasya (see atulya).]

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

Atula (अतुल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Unequalled, m.

(-laḥ) A plant that has an oily seed, (Sesamum orientale.) E. a neg, tula to be like, ka aff.

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

Atula (अतुल).—[adjective] unequalled, unparalleled.

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

1) Atula (अतुल):—[=a-tula] mfn. unequalled

2) [v.s. ...] m. (destitute of weight), the Sesamum seed and plant.

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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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