Bhalli, Bhallī: 5 definitions



Bhalli means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Bhallī (भल्ली) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Bhalla forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Medinīcakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the medinīcakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Bhallī] and Vīras are yellow in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhallī (भल्ली).—[bhall-ac] A kind of crescentshaped missile or arrow; क्षुरार्धचन्द्रोत्तमकर्णभल्लैः शरांश्च चिच्छेद (kṣurārdhacandrottamakarṇabhallaiḥ śarāṃśca ciccheda) Rām.6.59.99; क्वचिदाकर्णविकृष्टभल्लवर्षी (kvacidākarṇavikṛṣṭabhallavarṣī) R.9.66;4.63;7. 58.

2) A particular part of an arrow; विष्णुं सोमं हुताशं च तस्येषुं समकल्पयन् । शृङ्गमग्निर्बभूवास्य भल्लः सोमो विशांपते (viṣṇuṃ somaṃ hutāśaṃ ca tasyeṣuṃ samakalpayan | śṛṅgamagnirbabhūvāsya bhallaḥ somo viśāṃpate) || Mb.8. 34.18.

-llaḥ 1 A bear.

2) An epithet of Śiva.

3) The marking-nut-plant (bhallī also).

See also (synonyms): bhalla.

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

1) Bhallī (भल्ली):—[from bhalla > bhall] f. Semecarpus Anacardium, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

2) Bhalli (भल्लि):—[from bhall] f. a kind of arrow (= bhallī), [Dharmaśarmābhyudaya]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Bhalli (भल्लि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Bhalli, Bhallī.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Bhalli (भल्लि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Bhalli.

2) Bhallī (भल्ली) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Bhallī.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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