Halahala, aka: Halāhala, Hālāhala, Halahalā, Hālahala; 8 Definition(s)


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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)
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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.

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Hālāhala (हालाहल) or Hālāhalatantra refers to one of the twenty Bhūtatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Hālāhala-tantra belonging to the Bhūta class.

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śākta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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 Dictionary
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

halāhala (हलाहल).—n (S) Poison produced from the ocean upon the churning of it by the gods and titans. 2 Hence The venom of serpents, or vehement poison in general.

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haḷahaḷa (हळहळ) [or हळहाळ, haḷahāḷa].—f (halāhala in bālabhāṣā Interjection of pain or anxiety.) Inquietude; painful restlessness or painful apprehension; great perturbation or uneasiness (of body or of mind). v lāga, vāṭa, kara. Ex. nāhīṃ bhaktīcēṃ baḷa || taṃvavarī haḷahaḷarē haḷahaḷarē ||. 2 Painful regret. v lāga, kara. haḷahaḷīcā māla Goods occasioning to the seller great distress or trouble of mind.

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hālāhala (हालाहल).—n S Poison &c. See halāhala.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

halāhala (हलाहल).—n Vehement poison.

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haḷahaḷa (हळहळ).—f Inquietude; great un- easiness. Painful regret.

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haḷahāḷa (हळहाळ).—f Inquietude; great un- easiness. Painful regret.

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hālāhala (हालाहल).—n Poison.

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