Bahlika, aka: Bāhlīka, Bāhlīkā, Bāhlika, Bahlikā, Bāhlikā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Bāhlika (बाह्लिक) refers to a variety of prāsāda (upper storey of any building), according to the Śilparatna (32.6) and the Kamikāgama (57.8). In the Mayamata (18.14), this variety is known as Barbara.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Bāhlīka (बाह्लीक):—One of the three sons of Pratīpa (son of Dilīpa, who was the son of Ṛkṣa, who was the son of Devātithi). He had a son named Somadatta. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.12, 9.22.18-19)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Bahlika (बह्लिक).—See Bāhlikas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 115.

2a) Bāhlīka (बाह्लीक).—A son of Pratipa and father of Somadatta;1 father of seven sons, kings of Bāhli Kingdom;2 the foremost among the Kurus;3 was stationed by Jarāsandha at the southern gate of Mathurā;4 placed on the south during the siege of Gomanta;5 informed by Uddhava of Rāma's visit to Hastināpura;6 his sons took active part in Yudhiṣṭhira's Rājasūya and in Duryodana's army;7 could not vanquish Arjuna, supported by Kṛṣṇa;8 went with his sons to Syamantapañcaka for the solar eclipse where he met the Vṛṣṇis; left Syamantapañcaka;9 sisters, Rohiṇī and Pauravī, married to Vasudeva.10

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 12 and 18; 49. 2; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 234; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 9; V. 35. 12, 27, 30.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 39.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 52. 11 [9].
  • 4) Ib. X. 50. 11 [4].
  • 5) Ib. X. 52. 11 [9].
  • 6) Ib. X. 68. 17.
  • 7) Ib. X. 75. 6; [95 (v) 16].
  • 8) Ib. I 15. 16.
  • 9) Ib. X. 82. 26; 84. 69. [1].
  • 10) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 163.

2b) (c) a Northern Kingdom;1 after the son of Bāhlīka.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 46; 18. 46.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 39; 114. 40; 163. 72.

2c) A name given to the thirteen sons of the Kings of Kilikilā;1 took part in the Rājasūya of Yudhiṣṭhira;2 three of the thirteen sons were of the Nandana family; Ekalas or lords of small regions.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 34.
  • 2) Ib. X. 75. 6.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 57. 58.

2d) A class of Pitṛs.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 28. 93.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bāhlika (बाह्लिक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.6) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bāhlika) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Bāhlīka is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.89.52) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Bāhlīkā (बाह्लीका) refers to one of the seven “major dialects” (bhāṣā) in language, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 18. Accordingly, “Bāhlīkā is the native speech of the Khasas who belong to the north”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Kavya (poetry)

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Bāhlīka refers to an ancient district or cultural territory, as mentioned in the 7th-century Mudrārākṣasa written by Viśākhadeva. Bāhlīka corresponds to Bactria, modern Balkh (northern Afghanistan).

Source: Wisdom Library: Kavya
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Bahlika was an ally of the Kauravas. He was present in many of their councils.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Bahlika (बाह्लिक), Dasharna (दशर्ण): States the kings of which were Kalinga, Magadha, friendly to the Pandavas, Matsya, Panchala, Salva.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bahlikā (बह्लिका).—(pl.) Name of a country (Balkh) and its inhabitants.

Derivable forms: bahlikāḥ (बह्लिकाः).

See also (synonyms): balhīkā.

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Bāhlikā (बाह्लिका) or Bāhlīkā (बाह्लीका).—m. (pl.) Name of a people.

-kaḥ 1 A king of the Bālhikas.

2) A horse of the Balkh breed; काम्बोजविषये जातैर्बाह्लीकैश्च हयोत्तमैः (kāmbojaviṣaye jātairbāhlīkaiśca hayottamaiḥ) Rām. 1.6.22.

-kam 1 Saffron; ... प्रियाङ्गसंगव्यालुप्तस्तनतटबाह्लिक- श्रियोऽपि दृश्यन्ते बहिरबलाः (priyāṅgasaṃgavyāluptastanataṭabāhlika- śriyo'pi dṛśyante bahirabalāḥ) Rām. Ch.7.64.

2) Asa Foetida; अजमोदां च बाह्लीकं जीरकं लोध्रकं तथा (ajamodāṃ ca bāhlīkaṃ jīrakaṃ lodhrakaṃ tathā) Śiva B.3.18.

Derivable forms: bāhlikāḥ (बाह्लिकाः), bāhlīkāḥ (बाह्लीकाः).

See also (synonyms): bāhlakā.

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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