Hemamalaka, aka: Hemamali, Hemamālaka, Hemamālī; 2 Definition(s)


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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Hemamālī (हेममाली).—He used to supply flowers to Vaiśravaṇa. He had a beautiful wife called Viśālākṣī. Once when he returned with flowers from Mānasasaras he felt an onrush of love and spent time at home in love pranks with his wife. Kubera went to the temple for worshipping Śiva at noon and though he waited there till dusk time for Hemamālī to bring the flowers the latter did not come. Kubera got angry and sent for Hemamālī and he came trembling with fear. Kubera’s curse turned him into a leper afflicted with eighteen varieties of leprosy, and separated from wife he fell from Alakāpurī. At last he came to Hemādri where he met sage Mārkaṇḍeya. Hemamālī told him all about his misfortune and the sage advised him to observe Āṣāḍhakṛṣṇaikādasī. Hemamālī did so and got cured of the fell disease and returned to Devaloka. (Padma Purāṇa, Uttarakhaṇḍa, Chapter 54).

2) Hemamālī (हेममाली).—A son of King Drupada. He was killed in the great war by Aśvatthāmā. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 156, 182).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Hemamalaka in Theravada glossary... « previous · [H] · next »

Another name for the Maha Thupa

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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