Wisdom Library Logo

Jvālā, aka: Jvala; 2 Definition(s)

Jvālā means something in Hinduism Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article:

2 Definition(s) from various sources:

1a) Jvālā (ज्वाला).—(Aṅgāraka) a class of piśācas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 377.

1b) After the conquest of the three worlds by Viṣṇu, the Devas, including Brahmā praised him; Brahmā was the creator while Viṣṇu was the creator and destroyer of worlds; during their discussion there was a jvālā in the north which spread over all the worlds out of which came Linga which went on growing. To see its beginning and end both agreed to go above and below respectively; they went on for 1000 years; it was beyond reckoning; hence both praised Śiva for light; Śiva said that Brahmā was the right hand and Viṣṇu his left hand and disappeared.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 55. 17-61.
Rating: -

The flame (jvālā)—held in the upper left hand of Śiva (as Naṭarāja)—represents the flame of destruction and transformation. An object when consumed by the fire is destroyed in one sense but transformed into energy and thus continues in another more subtle form. In the same way our physical bodies and the universe are destroyed but the Self (Ātman) continues to exist in a subtle form as does the universe. Nothing is destroyed absolutely — it only undergoes changes and change is the only thing constant in our world.

Rating: -

Look for other relevant definitions:

Search found 5 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Jvalakesha
Jvalakesha—The word means “flaming hair”, and the hairstyle consists of ha...
Jala
Jāla (जाल) is a Sanskrit word referring to (as an adjective) “watery”.
Jaṭhara
1) Jaṭhara (जठर).—A Mt. on the East of Meru;1 connects Nīla and Naiṣadha hills.21) Bhāga...
Narasiṃha Śālagrāma
In addition to the Vigraha (Deity) form, Lord Narasimha also appears as the self-manifested ...
Nitya Devatā
There are fifteen Nitya Devatās who preside over each day between a full moon and a new moon...

Search through literary sources:

Search found 17 books containing Jvālā or Jvala. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the 20 most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpufll? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.