Indrakila, aka: Indrakīla, Indra-kila; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—It is one of the peaks in the interior of the Himālayas.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील).—A mountain in front of the Himālaya and Gandhamādana mountains. The presiding deity of this mountain is a devotee of Kubera. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 37).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील).—A mountain in Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa, V. 19. 16.

1b) A tīrtha sacred to Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 53.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Indrakila (इन्‍द्रकिला): A mountain Arjuna passed on his way to the Himalayas to practise austerities to acquire powerful new weapons from Lord Mahadeva.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील) is mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa and could correspond to some hill to the west of Kaśmīra.—As the temple of Durgā on the bank of Madhumatī seems to be the same as the shrine of Śāradā described by Stein, it is reasonable to assume that Indrakīla and Gaurī-śikhara which are mentioned in the Nīlamata in connection with the temple of Durgā, may be designations of some hills to the west of Kaśmīra.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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indrakīla (इंद्रकील).—m S (The pin or bolt of the ankle.) The ankle-joint.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

indrakīla (इंद्रकील).—m The ankle-joint.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील).—

1) Name of the mountain मन्दर (mandara).

2) a rock. (-lam) 1 the banner of Indra.

2) A pin, nail, bolt फालका भाजनोर्ध्वे तु तदूर्ध्वे चेन्द्रकीलकम् (phālakā bhājanordhve tu tadūrdhve cendrakīlakam) (Mānasāra 12.126). cf. also Kau. A.2.3.

Derivable forms: indrakīlaḥ (इन्द्रकीलः).

Indrakīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and kīla (कील).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील).—m. (= Pali inda°, also °khīla; not recorded in this sense in Sanskrit, where it appears to mean bar, bolt to a gate or door; AMg. indakhīla, said to mean a portion of a city gate; a door bolt…, Ratnach.; query: was the ‘bolt’ fastened under the door, in the pavement? compare Meyer, Kauṭ.71, 689), threshold slab, a stone imbedded in the ground at the entrance to a city gate, or to a palace, house, or apartment: Mvy 5582 °laḥ = Tibetan ḥkor gtan, lit. circle bar, or Tibetan sgoḥi them pa, threshold of a door; Das cites both these Tibetan phrases as synonymous renderings of indrakīla, and defines them as steps at the threshold or at the entrance of a house; compare Divy 544.7, three indrakīlas, viz. nagare indrakīlo, rājakule…, and antaḥpure…, thresholds to a city, a royal palace, and a harem; this passage is a comm. on Divy 543.22 (yaḥ…bhikṣur…) rājñaḥ… indrakīlaṃ vā indrakīla-sāmantaṃ vā samatikrāmed, if any monk crosses a king's threshold or its environs; generally referred to as located at a city gate; in entering the city one steps upon it: Mv i.308.7 samanantaraṃ indrakīlaṃ pādena cokramati (= ca-avakr°), and as soon as he (Buddha, entering a city) stepped on the i° with his foot; Divy 250.20 (Bhagavatā) sābhisaṃskāra (q.v.) indrakīle pādo vyava- sthāpitaḥ (in entering a city); 365.1 (Buddhā…) indrakīle pādau vyavasthāpayanti (in entering a city by the gate); Av i.109.1 yadā ca bhagavatā indrakīle pādo nyastaḥ (in entering a city; the gate is not mentioned); Gv 205.3 rājadhānīṃ praviśata indrakīlam ākrāmataḥ, as (a Buddha) was entering the capital, as he stepped upon the threshold (pres. pples., gen. sg.); Mv ii.396.3 (verse) so indrakīle (mss. °kīlo) sthita, standing on the threshold, apparently of the city (rājadhānī) mentioned line 2; used in comparisons as type of immobility, recommended in religious life: Mv i.292.14 yathendrakīlo pṛthivīsaṃniśrito syā…asaṃ- prakampi, as an i° should be fixed in the earth, (so…) immovable; Ud xvii.12 indrakīlopamā; in this sense applied to the mind or thoughts of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, Mv ii.261.3 and 262.5 (Bodhisattvas) indrakīlopamacitta- tāṃ ca anuprāpnuvanti; iii.225.5 indrakīlopamacittā (of Buddha); Av i.223.12 bhagavān…indrakīla iva (here physically and literally motionless, like a threshold-stone) tasmin pradeśe sthitaḥ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Indrakīla (इन्द्रकील).—m.

(-laḥ) The mountain Mandara, a fabulous mountain with which the ocean was churned. E. indra and kīla a pin or bolt.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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