Jajali, Jājali: 6 definitions


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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Jājali (जाजलि).—A hermit who reared birds on his head by the power of penance.

This hermit who had practised continence from his childhood lived in a forest. Jājali never thought rain, heat of the sun, snow and such other natural things as unbearable. Once this hermit stood like a pillar in the forest, immersed in meditation. Two birds built their nests in his matted hair. Non-violence being his policy, he did not move. The birds came to their nests every evening and stayed for the night. After a few days they laid eggs in the nests. Still the hermit did not move. The eggs were hatched. The hermit understood that also. Still, he did not move. The young ones got wings. They grew up and began to go out with the parent birds. They went out in the morning and returned in the evening. The hermit stood like a pillar. One morning they went out and did not return in the evening. The hermit stood there for six days waiting for the return of the birds. On the sixth day evening they returned. Next time the hermit waited for a month for the return of the birds. They did not return. So he started from there and went to the sea and dipped in the water and said, "there is no man more virtuous than I either in water or on land" with haughtiness. But the water demons said in an ethereal voice that Tulādhāra, the merchant of Kāśī was more virtuous than he.

Hearing this Jājali went to Kāśī and saw Tulādhāra. Tulādhāra greeted him gladly and they talked for a long time. Jājali understood that Tulādhāra was far more virtuous than he. So he sought advice from Tulādhāra and thus Jājali obtained heaven. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, 3 Chapters from 261).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Jājali (जाजलि).—A disciple of Pathya. He is said to have attained siddhi at a certain place on the western sea. This spot the Pracetasas chose for their siddhi;1 a Śrutaṛṣi.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 7. 2; IV. 31. 2; Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 52.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 2; 35. 59; III. 36. 5.

1b) A monkey chief.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 239.
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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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Jājali (जाजलि) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[+jājali] Mentioned as a medical author in Brahmavaivartapurāṇa Oxf. 22^b.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jājali (जाजलि):—[from jājala] m. Name of a teacher, [Pravara texts v, 4 (?); Mahābhārata xii, 9277 ff.; Harivaṃśa 7999; Bhāgavata-purāṇa iv, 31, 2; Viṣṇu-purāṇa iii, 6, 11; Vāyu-purāṇa i, 61, 52; Brahma-purāṇa i, 16, 12 and 19.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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