Calacala, Cala-acala, Cala-acala: 19 definitions


Calacala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, Tamil. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chalachala.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Calācala (चलाचल, “movable-immovable”) refers to one of the major divisions of Hindu images, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The Hindu images are divided into three classes–chala (movable), achala (immovable), and chalāchala (movable-immovable). The movable and immovable (calācala) images are made of stone, wood, dhātu (mineral, possibly jade) and gem.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Calācala (चलाचल) (lit. “one who is ever-moving”) is a synonym (another name) for the Crow (Kāka), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

calacala (चलचल).—f intensively calacalāṭa m (calaṇēṃ) Rule, sway, prevalence, influence.

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calācala (चलाचल).—a (S) Movable and stationary. 2 fig. Animate and inanimate.

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caḷacaḷa (चळचळ) [or ळां, ḷāṃ].—ad (Imit.) In streams--making water through fright. 2 With excessive tremors--trembling or quaking. Ex. diggaja ca0 kāmpati ||.

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caḷācaḷa (चळाचळ) [or ळां, ḷāṃ].—ad caḷāḷāṃ Imitative formations used as caḷacaḷa, but intensively.

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cāḷācāḷa (चाळाचाळ) [or ळी, ḷī].—f (cāḷaṇēṃ) Sifting and straining &c.; close search, ransacking, rummaging, turning over and over.

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

calacala (चलचल).—f calacalāṭa m Rule, sway, prevalence, influence.

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caḷacaḷa (चळचळ) [or ḷāṃ, or ळां].—ad In streams. With ex- cessive tremors-trembling or quak- ing.

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cāḷācāḷa (चाळाचाळ) [-ḷī, -ळी].—f Sifting and straining &c.

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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

Calācala (चलाचल).—a.

1) movable and immovable.

2) fickle, unsteady, very transitory (= aticala); चलाचले च संसारे धर्म एको हि निश्चलः (calācale ca saṃsāre dharma eko hi niścalaḥ) Bhartṛhari 3.128; लक्ष्मीमिव चलाचलाम् (lakṣmīmiva calācalām) Kirātārjunīya 11.3 (calācalā = cañcalā Malli.); कस्य न भवति चलाचलं धनम् (kasya na bhavati calācalaṃ dhanam) Mṛcchakaṭika 2.14; N.1.6; चलाचलैरनुपदमाहताः खुरैः (calācalairanupadamāhatāḥ khuraiḥ) Śi.

-laḥ a crow.

Calācala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cala and acala (अचल).

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

Calācala (चलाचल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Tremulous, unsteady, unfixed. 2. Moveable and stationary. m.

(-laḥ) A cow. E. cal to go, affix ac deriv. reiterated, and the first final vowel made long, or cala and acala immoveable.

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

Calācala (चलाचल).—[calācal + a] (derived from an old [frequentative.] of cal), adj. 1. Moving to and fro, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 42, 11. 2. Unsteady, Mahābhārata 5, 2758.

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

Calācala (चलाचल).—[adjective] moving to and fro, wavering, unsteady, variable.

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

1) Calācala (चलाचल):—[from cala > cal] 1. calācala mfn. movable and immovable, locomotive and stationary, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) [from cal] 2. calācala mfn. (√cal [reduplicated] [Pāṇini 6-1, 12], [vArttika] 6; vii, 4, 58, [Patañjali]) ever-moving (the wheel of Saṃsāra), [Divyāvadāna xiii, 267]

3) [v.s. ...] [xix]

4) [v.s. ...] moving to and fro, movable, tremulous, unfixed, loose, [Ṛg-veda 1, 164, 48; Rāmāyaṇa v, 42, 11; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

5) [v.s. ...] unsteady, changeable, [Mahābhārata v, 2758; xii, 4169]

6) [v.s. ...] m. a crow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a man, [Tantr.]

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

Calācala (चलाचल):—[calā+cala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Tremulous, unsteady, unfixed; moveable and stationary. m. A quadruped.

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

Calacala (चलचल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Calacala, Calācala.

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Calacala 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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Calacala in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Calācala refers to: (intens. redupl. ) moving to & fro, in constant motion, unsteady J. IV, 494, 498 (=cañcala); Miln. 92; (cp. Divy 180, 281);

Note: calācala is a Pali compound consisting of the words cala and acala.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Calacala in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Calācala (चलाचल):—(a) mobile and immobile; movable and immovable; transient; —[saṃpatti] movable and immovable property.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Calacala (चलचल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Calacala.

2) Calācala (चलाचल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Calācala.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Caḷacaḷa (ಚಳಚಳ):—[noun] an onomatopoeic word used to depict the sound of quick, whizzing movement or to depict the condition of something flashy, glittering, etc.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Calacala in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Calacala (சலசல) [cala-cala] noun [Telugu, Malayalam: Travancore usage calacala, K. jalajala.] Onomatopoeic expression of purling, as of water; ஓர் ஒலிக்குறிப்பு. சலசல மும்மதஞ்சொரிய [or olikkurippu. salasala mummathanchoriya] (சீவகசிந்தாமணி [sivagasindamani] 82).

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Calacala (சலசல) [calacalattal] [cala-cala] intransitive verb Onomatopoeic

1. To rustle; சலசலவென ஒலித்தல். பச்சோலை சல சலத்து [salasalavena olithal. pacholai sala salathu] (தமிழ்நாவலர் சரிதை [thamizhnavalar sarithai] 50).

2. To be talking incessantly; ஓயாமற்பேசுதல். [oyamarpesuthal.]

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Caḷacaḷa (சளசள) [caḷacaḷattal] [caḷa-caḷa] 11 intransitive verb

1. To be wet, muddy, sloppy; சேறாயிருத்தல். [serayiruthal.]

2. To babble, prate; அலப்புதல். [alapputhal.]

3. To patter, as rain; அருவி மழை முதலியவற்றின் வீழ்ச்சியால் ஒலியுண் டாதல். [aruvi mazhai muthaliyavarrin vizhchiyal oliyun dathal.]

4. To become watery, as vegetable, curries; கறி முதலியன குழைந்து நீராய்விடுதல். [kari muthaliyana kuzhainthu nirayviduthal.] (W.)

5. To be discomfited, dispirited, in controversy or in public speaking; வாதமுதலியவற்றில் தளர்ச்சி யடைதல். [vathamuthaliyavarril thalarchi yadaithal.] (J.)

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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Calacala in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Calācala (चलाचल):—n. struggle or teasing;

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