Jaladhara, aka: Jala-adhara, Jala-dhara, Jaladhāra, Jalādhāra, Jaladhārā; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Jaladhāra (जलधार).—One of the seven major mountains in Śākadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 86. It is also known by the name Candra. Śākadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Medhātithi, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Jaladhāra (जलधार).—A mountain in Śākadvīpa (The island of Śāka). (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 11, Stanza 16).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Jaladhārā (जलधारा) refers to the “water-currents”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.6, while explaining and enumerating the principles (tattvas):—“from the body of Viṣṇu who thus exerted himself, water-currents (jaladhārā) of various sorts began to flow as a result of Śiva’s Māyā. O great sage, the Supreme Brahman in the form of divine waters pervaded the entire void. A mere contact with the same is destructive of sins. Viṣṇu, the weary person went to sleep amidst the waters. He was in that blissful state of delusion for a long time. As approved in the Vedas, his name came to be established as Nārāyaṇa (Having water as abode). Excepting for that Primordial Being there was nothing then”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Jaladhāra (जलधार).—A mountain of Śākadvīpa from Vāsava; draws water always from rain.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 85-86; Matsya-purāṇa 122. 9; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 79.

1b) A continent of Udaya hill.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 122. 20.

2) Jalādhāra (जलाधार).—A mountain of Śākadvīpa; perhaps Jaladhāra (s.v.).*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 62.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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jaladhara : (m.) a rain-cloud. || jalādhāra (jala + adhāra) m. deposit of water; reservoir.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Jalādhāra (जलाधार).—a pond, lake, reservoir of water.

Derivable forms: jalādhāraḥ (जलाधारः).

Jalādhāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jala and ādhāra (आधार).

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Jaladhara (जलधर).—

1) a cloud.

2) the ocean.

Derivable forms: jaladharaḥ (जलधरः).

Jaladhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jala and dhara (धर).

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Jaladhārā (जलधारा).—a stream of water.

Jaladhārā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jala and dhārā (धारा).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jaladhara (जलधर).—(in Sanskrit cloud, and Lex. ocean; in Pali ocean, Milp. 117.31), ocean, appears in Prakrit form, and with ā m.c. for a, as jalāhara, in LV 175.11 (verse; cited Śikṣ 206.9) maraṇo (Śikṣ °ṇaṃ) grasate bahuprāṇiśataṃ (Śikṣ °tān) makareva jalāhari bhūtagaṇaṃ (Śikṣ °ro va jalākari bhūtagaṇān); the meaning ocean, which alone fits the context, is confirmed by Tibetan rgya mtshoḥi.The form is loc. sg., for jala-dhare.

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

Jaladhara (जलधर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Holding or having water. m.

(-raḥ) 1. A cloud. 2. The ocean. 3. A grass, (Cyperus rotundus.) E. jala water, and dhara. containing, possessing, form dhṛ with ac aff. jalaṃ dharati .

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Jalādhāra (जलाधार).—m.

(-raḥ) A pond, a lake, a reservoir, any piece of water. E. jala, and ādhāra a receptacle.

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