Balasena, Balasenā, Bala-sena: 8 definitions



Balasena 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Balasena (बलसेन) is the name of a Kṣatriya from Kauśāmbī, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly as Aśokamālā said to queen Alaṅkāravatī in the presence Naravāhanadatta: “... I am the daughter of a Kṣatriya in this city, named Balasena, and my name is Aśokamālā. When I was a virgin I was demanded from my father by a rich Brāhman named Haṭhaśarman, who was captivated by my beauty”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Balasena, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A king of fifty seven kappas ago; a previous birth of Upatthayaka Thera. Ap.i.241.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Balasenā (बलसेना).—a strong army, an army, host.

Balasenā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bala and senā (सेना).

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

Balasena (बलसेन).—name of a householder: Divyāvadāna 1.3.

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

Balasenā (बलसेना).—[feminine] army, troops.

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

1) Balasena (बलसेन):—[=bala-sena] [from bala > bal] m. Name of a warrior, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Balasenā (बलसेना):—[=bala-senā] [from bala-sena > bala > bal] f. a strong army, an army, host, [Mahābhārata]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Balasena (बलसेन):—m. Nomen proprium eines Kriegers.

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Balasenā (बलसेना):—f. Armee , Heer.

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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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