Garudacala, Garuḍācala, Garuḍacala, Garuda-cala, Garuda-acala: 2 definitions


Garudacala means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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 Garudachala.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Garuḍacala (गरुडचल) refers to the “trembling of the golden garuḍa” and represents one of four types of bhūmicala (trembling of the earth), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The six tremblings of the earth is lesser (avara), medium (madhya) and greater (agra). Moreover, some talk about four kinds of trembling of the earth (e.g., garuḍacala).

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geography

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana (history)

Garuḍācala (गरुडाचल) is the name of a mountain and represents the third ridge of the Tirupati Hill—The Tirupati Hill in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh is situated at 13° 41" North Latitude and 79° 24" East Longitude. The hill is 2820 feet above sea level. It is an extension of the Eastern Ghats. The hill consists of seven peaks. These are supposed to be the seven hoods of Ādiśeṣa, the mythological serpent who supports the earth. [...] Veṅkaṭācala or Veṅkaṭādri is the name of the seventh ridge [...] The other six peaks (rather ridges) are designated as Śeṣācala, Vedācala, Garuḍācala, Añjanācala, Vṛṣabhācala and Nārāyaṇācala.

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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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