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Halahala, aka: Halāhala, Hālāhala; 4 Definition(s)


Halahala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism


1a) Hālāhala (हालाहल).—(Hālāhalam)—the poison that first issued from the Amṛtamathana. Śiva consumed it with Pārvati's permission. That which was split became poisonous scorpions, serpents, cobras and other plants;1 administered to Prahlāda.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 7. 18. 46.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 154; 16. 10; 18. 3.

1b) The XI battle between the Gods and the Asuras.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 75, 86.

1c) The eleventh of the twelve incarnations in Vārāha kalpa;1 Vṛtra killed by Mahendra.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 47. 45; Vāyu-purāṇa 97. 76.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 47. 51.

1d) A son of Ariṣṭakarman, and father of Palalaka.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 46-7.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Hālāhala (हालाहल).—According to Purāṇic texts hālāhala poison came out on the surface when the milky ocean was churned by gods and demons. In order to save the world from the danger Śiva consumed it. Pārvati, his consort sees that it rests in his neck and will not descend down to his stomach. By the time she could put her hand under the effect of the poison Śiva has nausea and reclines. His consort comes to fan him etc. Śiva consumption of the poison is a common story recounted in many purāṇa texts but his reclining is rarely mentioned.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)Purāṇa book cover
context information

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

In Buddhism


1) Halāhala, 2 (nt.) (onomat.) uproar, tumult J.I, 47 sq.; Miln.122. Cp. kolāhala. (Page 730)

2) Halāhala, 1 (onomat.; cp. Sk. halāhala) a kind of deadly poison, usually as °visa J.I, 271, 273, 380; III, 103; V, 465; Miln.256; Vism.57; ThA.287. (Page 730)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
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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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