Cirakala, Cirakāla, Cira-kala: 12 definitions


Cirakala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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 Chirakala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Cirakala in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Cirakāla (चिरकाल) (Cf. Cira) refers to a “long time”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.23 (“Attempt of Himavat to dissuade Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “O excellent sage, while Pārvatī was engaged in penance thus for attaining Śiva, a long time [i.e., cirakāla] elapsed but Śiva did not appear. Then Himavat came there along with his wife, sons and ministers and spoke to Pārvatī, who had resolved to continue her penance”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Cirakāla (चिरकाल) refers to a “long time”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Certainly, for embodied souls whose selves are blinded by the irresistible spreading of ignorance and passion, pains are to be endured for a very long time [com.cirakāla—‘for a long time’] in hell, etc.”.

Synonyms: Sucira.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cirakala in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

cirakāla : (m.) a long time.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

cirakāḷa (चिरकाळ).—ad (cirakāla S) For a long while; during a long period.

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

cirakāla (चिरकाल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—ad For a long time.

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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

Cirakāla (चिरकाल).—a long time.

Derivable forms: cirakālaḥ (चिरकालः).

Cirakāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cira and kāla (काल).

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

Cirakāla (चिरकाल).—n.

(-laṃ) A long period. E. cira long, and kāla time.

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

Cirakāla (चिरकाल).—[masculine] a long time.

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

Cirakāla (चिरकाल):—[=cira-kāla] [from cira] mfn. belonging to a remote time, [Pāṇini 4-3, 105; Kāśikā-vṛtti] (a- [negative])

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

Cirakāla (चिरकाल):—[cira-kāla] (laṃ) 1. n. A long period.

[Sanskrit to German]

Cirakala 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Cirakāla (ಚಿರಕಾಲ):—[noun] a period that is continuing without any further limit; an everlasting period.

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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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