Balabala, Bala-abala: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Balabala in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Balābala (बलाबल) refers to “strength and weakness”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.14 (“The Birth of Tāraka and Vajrāṅga”).—Accordingly, after Vajrāṅga spoke to Varāṅgī: “O sage, thus Vajrāṅga whirled a lot in a dilemma. Intelligently he considered the corresponding strength and weakness [i.e., balābala] of both the alternatives. O sage, as willed by Śiva, though intelligent the king of demons agreed to the proposal. He told his wife ‘So be it’. For that purpose he performed another very difficult penance with great zeal with me as the object of worship, for number of years. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

balabala (बलबल) [or बलबलपुरी, balabalapurī].—f (bakabala Imit. purī A town.) A term for a place or a scene of uproar and tumult; a bear-garden, a Babel. 2 Disorder, confusion, tumultuousness; disregard of rule and discipline, or of grade and class, or of the distinctions of caste or of clean and unclean &c. v māṇḍa, kara. Pr. balabalapurī āṇi ṭamaṭama rājya.

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balābala (बलाबल).—n (S bala & abala) Comparative strength and weakness (of contending parties, of the pros and cons, of the arguments for and against any disputed matter). Ex. hē dōna pakṣa āhēta tyānta ba0 pāhūna sabala pakṣa asēla tō ghyā. 2 Power, capability, competency; power, resources, or means as adequate or inadequate. Ex. jēṃ kāṃhīṃ karaṇēṃ tēṃ ba0 pāhūna karāvēṃ. 3 Force, strength, virtue, good quality, inherent power or excellence (in things or persons).

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baḷābaḷa (बळाबळ).—See balāḍhya &c.

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bālabāla (बालबाल).—ad Hair by hair; per hair; as bāḷabāḷa- gunhēgāra-aparādhī -pāpī -khūśa -bōlaṇārā -śivīdēṇārā.

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

balabala (बलबल) [or balabalapurī, or बलबलपुरी].—f A sense of uproar and tumult; a bear-garden, a Babel. Disorder, confusion.

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balābala (बलाबल).—n Comparative strength and weakness. Capability, competency. Force, strength.

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bālabāla (बालबाल).—ad Hair by hair.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Balābala (बलाबल).—

1) comparative strength and want of strength, relative strength and weakness; परात्मनोः परिच्छिद्य शक्त्या- दीनां बलाबलम् (parātmanoḥ paricchidya śaktyā- dīnāṃ balābalam) R.17.59.

2) relative significance and insignificance, comparative importance and unimportance; समय एव करोति बलाबलम् (samaya eva karoti balābalam) Śiśupālavadha 6.44. °अधिकरणम् (adhikaraṇam) a kind of न्यायभेद (nyāyabheda) according to Jaimini.

Derivable forms: balābalam (बलाबलम्).

Balābala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bala and abala (अबल).

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

Balābala (बलाबल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Strong and weak. E. bala, and abala feeble.

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

Balābala (बलाबल).—1. [neuter] strength or weakness, (relative) strength or importance.

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Balābala (बलाबल).—2. [adjective] now strong, now weak.

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

1) Balābala (बलाबल):—[from bala > bal] mfn. at one time strong at another weak, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] n. strength and weakness, relative strength or power or weight or highness or dignity or importance, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya; Kāvya literature etc.]

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

Balābala (बलाबल):—[balā+bala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Strong and

[Sanskrit to German]

Balabala in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Balabala in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Balābala (बलाबल):—(nm) strength and weakness; -[vicāra] an assessment of comparative strength and weakness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Baḷabaḷa (ಬಳಬಳ):—[adverb] = ಬಳಬಳನೆ [balabalane].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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