Balaksha, Balakṣa, Balākṣa: 7 definitions



Balaksha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 terms Balakṣa and Balākṣa can be transliterated into English as Balaksa or Balaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Balākṣa (बलाक्ष).—An ancient king of Bhārata. While the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito in the kingdom of Virāṭa, Duryodhana and his brothers stole the cows of Virāṭa, in consequence of which there was a battle. The devas (gods) came in planes to see the fight between Arjuna and the teacher Kṛpa. It is mentioned in the Mahābhārata, Virāṭa Parva, Chapter 56, that the King Balākṣa was there with the gods when they came to see the fight.

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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Balākṣa (बलाक्ष) is the fiftieth of sixty digits (decimal place) in an special enumeration system mentioned by Vasubandhu in his Abhidharmakośa (“treasury of knowledge”). The explanations of the measure of years, eons, and so forth must be comprehended through calculation based on a numerical system. Enumeration begins from one and increases by a factor of ten for each shift in decimal place. The sixtieth number in this series is called “countless”.

Among these decimal positions (eg., balākṣa), the first nine positions from one to one hundred million are called ‘single set enumeration’. From a billion up to, but not including countless is “the enumeration of the great companion” and is called the ‘recurring enumeration’.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Balakṣa (बलक्ष).—a. [balaṃ kṣāyatyasmāt kṣai-ka] White; द्विरददन्तबलक्षमलक्ष्यत स्फुरितभृङ्गमृगच्छवि केतकम् (dviradadantabalakṣamalakṣyata sphuritabhṛṅgamṛgacchavi ketakam) Śi.6.34.

-kṣaḥ The white colour.

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

Balākṣa (बलाक्ष).—nt., a high number: Mahāvyutpatti 8038.

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

Balakṣa (बलक्ष).—m.

(-kṣaḥ) White, (the colour, &c.) E. bala strength, and kṣai to waste, aff. ka; this word is more properly written valakṣa, q. v.

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

Balakṣa (बलक्ष).—[feminine] balakṣī white.

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

1) Balākṣa (बलाक्ष):—[from bala > bal] m. Name of a prince, [Mahābhārata]

2) Balakṣa (बलक्ष):—mf(ī)n. (also written valakṣa) white, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā] etc. etc.

3) m. white (the colour), [Horace H. Wilson]

4) (with pakṣa) the light half of a month, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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