Dvarapala, Dvārapāla, Dvara-pala: 13 definitions
Dvarapala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Dvārapāla (द्वारपाल) refers to the “gatekeepers” (during a Vedic ritual), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, [...] The guardians of the quarters (dikpāla) became the gatekeepers (dvārapāla) and watchmen. They were well-equipped in arms and had many attendants to assist them. They were very enthusiastic”.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1b) See Dauvārikas.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 103. 15.
Dvārapāla (द्वारपाल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.29.10) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Dvārapāla) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography
Dvārapāla (द्वारपाल, “gate-keeper”).—Dvārapālas of temples or gate-keepers of the various fortifications of the Samavasaraṇa are interesting. Nowhere are Gaṅgā and Yamunā mentioned as gate-keepers of a Jaina shrine, but Indra, Indrajaya and Īśāna are noteworthy. In the Samavasaraṇa, Tumbaru is one of the gate-keepers. Indra and others, the dvārapālas carved on door-frames facing the four sides of a Jaina shrine, are noted by Śilpa works like the Aparājitapṛcchā, the Rūpāvatāra or the Devatāmūrti-prakaraṇa.
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.
India history and geogprahySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Dvārapāla.—(EI 22), a door-keeper. Note: dvārapāla is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
dvārapāla : (m.) gate-man; gatekeeper.
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
dvārapāla (द्वारपाल).—m (S) A doorkeeper, janitor, porter, warder.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
dvārapāla (द्वारपाल).—m A door-keeper.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Dvārapāla (द्वारपाल).—a door-keeper, porter, warder.
-paḥ Name of Viṣṇu.
Derivable forms: dvārapālaḥ (द्वारपालः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-laḥ) A warder, a door-keeper. E. dvāra a door, and pāla who protects; also with kan added dvārapālaka, or with the radical finals dropped dvārapa .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Dvārapāla (द्वारपाल):—[=dvāra-pāla] [from dvāra > dvāḥ] m. idem, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc. (f(ī). [gana] revaty-ādi)
2) [v.s. ...] Name of various Yakṣas and of sacred places connected with them, [Mahābhārata]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Middle Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
The Central Shrine < [Tanjavur/Thanjavur (Rajarajesvaram temple)]
Temples in Attur < [Chapter II - Temples of Rajaraja I’s Time]
Rajadhiraja I (a.d. 1018-1054) < [Chapter V - Successors of Rajendra I (a.d. 1018 to 1070)]
Early Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Muktesvaram < [Chapter XIV - Conclusion]
Iravasthana Isvaram < [Chapter XIV - Conclusion]
Temples in Erumbur, Tirunaamnallur and Gramam < [Chapter X - Historical Survey]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Darasuram < [Chapter VIII - Temples of Rajaraja II’s Time]
Appendix 2: Inscriptions in the Airavatesvarar temple at Darasuram < [Chapter VIII - Temples of Rajaraja II’s Time]
Temples in Chengam (Chengama or Sengaima) < [Chapter XII - Temples of Kulottunga III’s Time]
List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Story of the trick of the Kaśmirian < [Chapter XXIV - The Virtue of Patience]
Act 7.2: Description of the Śuddhavāsika and Brahmaloka gods < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Parama Samhita (English translation) (by Krishnaswami Aiyangar)