Japamala, aka: Japa-mala, Japamālā; 12 Definition(s)


Japamala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Japa-mālā (Rosary) - Spiritual practice. Meditation and the recitation of mantras.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Devi

The Rosary (japamālā) is representative of spiritual practice. In this age of Kali the recommended spiritual practice for all people is simply the chanting of the holy name. For the devotees of Lord Śiva this means the chanting of the sacred mantra of five letters Oṃ Namaḥ Śivāya. This mantra is repeated constantly and if full concentration is not possible then a rosary is used as an aid to concentration.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Trinity

Japamālā (Rosary) - Sādhana or spiritual practice. Meditation and the recitation of mantras.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Japamālā (जपमाला, “rosary”).—One of the symbols that Sarasvatī is depicted as holding in one of her hands. It symbolizes spiritual practice.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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An eminent Theri of Ceylon. Dpv.xviii.30

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

'stains', is a name for the 3 karmically unwholesome roots (akusala-mūla); greed, hate and delusion (lobha, dosa, moha).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Mālā Skt., lit., “garland, rose”; also called japamālā. A string of beads that is used to count repetitions in the recitation of mantras and the name of Buddha. The number of beads in a Buddhist mālā is 108.

Source: Shambala Publications: General

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mala : (nt.) impurity; stain; rust; dirt; dung. || māla (m.) a circular enclosure; a round yard. mālā (f.) a garland; wreath; flowers; a string of.

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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Marathi-English dictionary

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japamālā (जपमाला).—f (S) pop. japamāḷa or ḷā f A rosary. japamāḷa ghēṇēṃ To harp on or dwell on; to be ever reiterating (one subject).

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

japamālā (जपमाला) [-ḷa-ḷā, -ळ-ळा].—f A rosary. japamāḷa ghēṇēṃ Harp on or dwell on, to be ever reitera- xting (one subject).

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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Japamālā (जपमाला).—a rosary of beads.

Japamālā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms japa and mālā (माला).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Japamālā (जपमाला).—f.

(-lā) A rosary. E. japa, and mālā a string of beads, &c.

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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