Bhallika: 9 definitions

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Bhallika means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi, biology. 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Bhallika: The younger brother of Tapassu, their father being a caravan leader of Pokkharavati in Ukkala (AA.i.207 calls their birthplace Asitanjana). While they were going along with five hundred trading carts, these stopped near the Rajayatana tree where the Buddha was sitting, eight weeks after his Enlightenment. When they investigated the cause for their carts thus stopping, a deity, their kinsman in a former life (their mother according to AA.i.207), pointed out to them the Buddha and asked them to give him a meal as he had eaten nothing for seven weeks. Not waiting to cook, the merchants gave the Buddha some butter and honey in a bowl provided by the Four Regent Gods. At the end of the meal the Buddha talked to them. They accepted the Buddha and the Dhamma as their Refuge (the Dvevacikasarana, they thus became the Buddhas first lay disciples; A.i.26), and obtained from the Buddha a few hairs as an object of worship. Later, when the Buddha was in Rajagaha after the preaching of his First Sermon, the merchants visited him and listened to his preaching. Tapassu became a sotapanna, and Bhallika entered the Order and became an arahant.

In the past, Bhallika had given fruit to a Pacceka Buddha, named Sumana. During this life of Sikhi Buddha, he was a brahmin of Arunavati, and hearing that Ujita and Ojita had given the Buddha his first meal, he and his friend invited the Buddha to eat at their house, and resolved to win a similar distinction for themselves in the future. They were herdsmen in the life of Kassapa Buddha, and for many years supplied milk rice to the Buddha and the monks (ThagA.i.48f.; AA.i.207f.; Vin.i.3f.; J.i.80. Mhv.iii.303f).

The Theragatha (vs.7), contains a verse spoken by Bhallika when Mara tried to frighten him by assuming a hideous form.

It is said that the hair (eight handfuls) given by the Buddha was deposited in a cetiya in Asitanjana and that on fast days blue rays shone from the cetiya. AA.i.208. There is a tradition in Ceylon (recorded in the Pujavaliya) that Tapassu and Bhalluka visited the east coast of Ceylon and built a cetiya, there. An inscription makes a similar record.

2. Bhallika, Bhalluka: One of the of the chief lay patrons of Dipankara Buddha. Bu.ii.215.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Bhallika in India is the name of a plant defined with Semecarpus anacardium in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Semecarpus anacardium Blanco (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Chem. Biol. Interact. (2007)
· Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind.
· Taxon (1980)
· Flora de Filipinas (1837)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1990)
· Phytotherapy Research (2007)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bhallika (भल्लिक).—(in Mahāvastu var. °iya; = Pali Bhallika, °iya, °uka), name of a merchant, associated with Trapuṣa, often in dvandva [compound]: Lalitavistara 381.4 ff.; Mahāvastu iii.303.5 ff. (°iya, with v.l. °ika, 303.13; 305.6); Divyāvadāna 393.19.

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

Bhallikā (भल्लिका).—f.

(-kā) Marking-nut. E. kan added to bhallī.

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

1) Bhallikā (भल्लिका):—[from bhallaka > bhall] a f. Semecarpus Anacardium, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Bhallika (भल्लिक):—[from bhall] a m. Name of a man, [Buddhist literature]

3) b m. See above

4) Bhallikā (भल्लिका):—[from bhallika] b f. See under bhallaka.

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

Bhallikā (भल्लिका):—(kā) 1. f. Marking-nut.

[Sanskrit to German]

Bhallika 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Bhallikā (भल्लिका):—(nf) a fragrant flower resembling the jasmine.

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