Bhala: 11 definitions



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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Bhala (भल) is a Sanskrit word for Semecarpus anacardium, identified by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as bearing good fruits. The King should plant such domestic plants in and near villages. He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat.

The following is an ancient Indian recipe for such nourishment of trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.105-109: “The trees (such as bhala) are to be watered in the morning and evening in summer, every alternate day in winter, in the fifth part of the day (i.e., afternoon) in spring, never in the rainy season. If trees have their fruits destroyed, the pouring of cold water after being cooked together with Kulutha, Māṣa (seeds), Mudga (pulse), Yava (barley) and Tila (oil seed) would lead to the growth of flowers and fruits. Growth of trees can be helped by the application of water with which fishes are washed and cleansed.”

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhala (भल).—n (bhalla S) The head of a spear, pike, arrow, &c.

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bhala (भल).—a Abridged from bhalā Good or fine, and used specifically, implying Fine, grand, superb, splendid, noble, capital; as bhalaghōḍā, bhalagājīmarda, bhalabhālēkarī, bhaladāṇḍagā, bhalajēvaṇa; also arch, arrant, adept, thoroughgoing; as bhalasōdā, bhalaluccā, bhalalabāḍa; also great, large, vast, immense, extraordinary; as bhalaōjhēṃ, bhalagōṇī, bhalakōsa, bhalamajala, bhalahēla. Used also with nouns and adjectives enhancingly; as bhalamajēcā, bhalanāmī, bhalakhāsā.

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bhalā (भला).—a (bhadra S through H) Good, virtuous, worthy; of good disposition or habits: also creditable or respectable; of good esteem, honor, reputation. 2 In poetry it is used for barā. 3 It is used extensively as an adjective or adverb of praise, implying Just as it should be; of the proper quality or quantity; fine, capital, noble, superb, splendid. Ex. āja bhalā pāūsa paḍalā; bhalī mauja kēlī; tulā bhalēṃ uttara sucalēṃ; tō kārakūna bhalā lihiṇāra āhē; myāṃ tyālā bhalēṃ māralēṃ. bhalā ghēṇēṃ To give it to finely; to beat or abuse in fine style bhalēṃ ghēūna (phiraṇēṃ-pusaṇēṃ-vicāraṇēṃ) g. of o. To be officiously sympathizing or kind; to concern one's self obstrusively about the welfare of. Ex. mājhēṃ bhalēṃ kāṃ ghēūna phiratōsa?

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bhaḷa (भळ).—f A fissure, cleft, crack, chasm.

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bhāla (भाल).—f (bhalla S) The head or blade of a spear, lance, dart, arrow. Pr. suvarṇācī bhāla karaḍānta ghāla Try your feeble weapon upon a feeble antagonist. 2 m n (S) The forehead. 3 f A shrub, Hemiontes cordifolia.

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bhāla (भाल).—f A term in the play iṭīdāṇḍū. Striking the iṭī back. v hāṇa, māra.

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bhālā (भाला).—m (bhalla S through H) A spear or pike. Pr. khāndyāvara bhālā āṇi jēvāyāsa ghālā. 2 A spear's length. 3 The cord with which the legs of a cow &c. are bound during milking. v ghāla, bāndha, lāva. 4 The piece appended to the lāṭa (the transverse member of a pounding contrivance) and to which is attached the kōḷambēṃ.

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bhāḷa (भाळ).—n (bhāla S) The forehead.

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

bhala (भल).—n The head of a spear, &c. a Fine. Ex. bhalaghōḍā. Arch, arrant. Ex. bhalasōdā Great. Ex. bhalaōjhēṃ.

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bhalā (भला).—a Good, virtuous; of the proper quality. bhalā ghēṇēṃ Give it to finely; beat or abuse in fine style.

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bhaḷa (भळ).—f A fissure, crack. cleft.

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bhāla (भाल).—f The head of a spear. m n The forehead. A term in the play iṭīdāṇḍū. A striking the iṭī back.

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bhālā (भाला).—m A spear; a spear's length.

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bhāḷa (भाळ).—n The forehead.

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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

Bhala (भल).—ind. (Vedic.) Certainly, indeed; cf. Mar. भलें (bhaleṃ).

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Bhāla (भाल).—[bhā-lac]

1) The forehead, brow; यद्धात्रा निजभालपट्टलिखितं स्तोकं महद्वा धनम् (yaddhātrā nijabhālapaṭṭalikhitaṃ stokaṃ mahadvā dhanam) Bh.2.49; (smarasya) वपुः सद्यो भालानलभसितजालास्पदमभूत् (vapuḥ sadyo bhālānalabhasitajālāspadamabhūt) Bv.1.84; स्वामिन् भङ्गुरयालकं सतिलकं भालं विलासिन् कुरु (svāmin bhaṅgurayālakaṃ satilakaṃ bhālaṃ vilāsin kuru) S. D.

2) Light.

3) Darkness.

Derivable forms: bhālam (भालम्).

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

Bhāla (भाल).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. The forehead. 2. Darkness. E. bhal to explain, and aff.; a man’s fortunes being supposed to be legible on his forehead; or bhā to shine, aff. lac .

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

Bhāla (भाल).—m. 1. The forehead, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 48. 2. i. e. bhā + la, Lustre.

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

Bhala (भल).—[adverb] certainly, indeed.

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Bhāla (भाल).—[neuter] forehead.

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

1) Bhala (भल):—1. bhala ind. certainly, indeed, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda] (cf. bal, baṭ, and Marāṭhī bhalla, ‘well’)

2) 2. bhala m. (only [dative case] bhalāya) a term used in addressing the Sun, [Mantra-brāhmaṇa; Gobhila-śrāddha-kalpa] (cf. bhalla).

3) Bhāla (भाल):—n. ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] also m.; [from] √bhā?) the forehead, brow, [Kāvya literature; Rājataraṅgiṇī] etc.

4) splendour, lustre, [Inscriptions]

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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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