Jvala, Jvālā, Jvāla: 17 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Jwala.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Trinity

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.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Jvālā (ज्वाला).—A daughter of Takṣaka. The King Ṛkṣa married her. Matināra was the son born to the couple. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 95. Stanza 25).

2) Jvālā (ज्वाला).—The wife of Nīladhvaja. There is a story about this Jvālā in the "Jaimini Aśvamedha Parva", Chapter 15, as follows:

2) The Pāṇḍavas began the sacrifice of Aśvamedha. Arjuna led the sacrificial horse. He continued his victorious march defeating all Kings and reached the city of Nīladhvaja. Nīladhvaja was not prepared for a fight. Seeing this his wife Jvālā tried various ways to push her husband to war. Seeing them to be futile she approached her brother Unmūka and asked him to fight with Arjuna. He also was not prepared to fight with Arjuna. Jvālā became very angry and walked to the bank of the Ganges. When the Ganges-water touched her feet she stopped and said, "Dear me ! I am become sinful by the touch of Ganges-water." The amazed Gaṅgā took the form of Sumaṅgalādevī and stood before Jvālā and aked her the reason for saying so. Jvālā said "Gaṅgādevī submerged her seven sons and killed them. After that she took the eighth son from Śantanu. That son too was killed by Arjuna in the Bhārata-battle. Thus Gaṅgā is childless and sinful." Hearing this Gaṅgā Devī cursed Arjuna "Let his head be cut off in six months' time." Jvālā was satisfied. (For the result of the curse see under Arjuna, Para 28).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Jvālā (ज्वाला) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Jvālānṛsiṃha or Jvālānarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Jvālā (ज्वाला):—Flame

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Jvālā (ज्वाला) is the mother of Padma: one of the Cakrins (Cakravartins), according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly: “[...] In Bharata there will be twenty-three other Arhats and eleven other Cakrins. [...] The Cakrins will belong to the gotra of Kaśyapa, gold-color, and eight of them will go to mokṣa. [...] Padma, the son of Jvālā and Padmottara, in Vārāṇasī, will live for thirty thousand years, twenty bows tall. In Kāmpīlya, Hariṣeṇa will be son of Merā and Mahāhari, living for ten thousand years, fifteen bows tall. These two will live while Muni and Nami are wandering (as Tīrthaṅkaras)”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

jvālā (ज्वाला).—f (S) pop. jvāḷā or jvāḷa f Flame, blaze, fire burning.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

jvālā (ज्वाला).—f jvāḷā or jvāḷa f Flame, blaze, fire, burning.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jvala (ज्वल).—a. [jval-ac]

1) Flaming, blazing.

2) Bright, brilliant.

-laḥ Flame, blaze, light; लिम्पैरिव तनोर्वातैश्चेतयः स्याज्ज्वालो न कः (limpairiva tanorvātaiścetayaḥ syājjvālo na kaḥ) Bk.6.79.

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Jvāla (ज्वाल).—a. [jval-ṇa] Burning, blazing.

-laḥ 1 A flame, light; स ज्वालैः पवनोद्भूतैर्विस्फुलिङ्गैः समन्ततः (sa jvālaiḥ pavanodbhūtairvisphuliṅgaiḥ samantataḥ) Rām 15.149.1; दवदहनजटालज्वालजालाहतानाम् (davadahanajaṭālajvālajālāhatānām) Bv.1.36.

2) A torch.

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Jvālā (ज्वाला).—

1) A blaze, flame, illumination; R.15.16; Bh.1.95.

2) Burnt rice.

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

Jvala (ज्वल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Blazing, shining. m.

(-laḥ) Flame, blaze, light. E. jval to blaze, affix ac; also jvāla.

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Jvāla (ज्वाल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lī-laṃ) Burning, blazing. mf. (laḥ-lā) Flame, blaze. f.

(-lā) Burnt rice. E. jval to blaze, affix aṇ, fem. affix ṭāp or ṅīp.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jvala (ज्वल).—[jval + a], adj. f. , Flaming, [Hiḍimbavadha] 2, 7.

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Jvāla (ज्वाल).—i. e. jval + a, m. and f. , Flame, Mahābhārata 3, 14132; [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 15, 16.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jvala (ज्वल).—[masculine] flame.

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Jvāla (ज्वाल).—[masculine] light, flame (also jvālā [feminine]); torch, hot infusion.

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

1) Jvala (ज्वल):—[from jval] m. ([Pāṇini 3-1, 140]) flame, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) Jvāla (ज्वाल):—[from jval] mfn. ([Pāṇini 3-1, 140]) burning, blazing, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] m. light, torch, [Kauśika-sūtra]

4) [v.s. ...] flame, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

5) Jvālā (ज्वाला):—[from jvāla > jval] a f. idem, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] illumination, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra iv, Paddh.]

7) [v.s. ...] causing a flame to blaze, [Nyāyamālā-vistara x, 1, 22]

8) [v.s. ...] burnt rice, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] = jvalanā q.v.

10) Jvāla (ज्वाल):—[from jval] m. (also) a hot infusion, [Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā]

11) Jvālā (ज्वाला):—[from jval] b f. of la q.v.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Jvala (ज्वल):—(laḥ) 1. m. Flame. a. Shining.

2) Jvāla (ज्वाल):—[(laḥ-lī-laṃ) a.] Burning. (laḥ-lā) 1. m. f. Flame. f. Burnt rice.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Jvala (ज्वल):—(von jval) [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 1, 140.] [Vopadeva’s Grammatik 26, 36.]

1) adj. f. ā flammend, leuchtend, glänzend: jvalānana [Hiḍimbavadha 2, 7.] jvalā lakṣmīḥ [Bhartṛhari 1, 95.] —

2) m. Flamme, Glanz [Śabdakalpadruma] [Wilson’s Wörterbuch] — Vgl. jvāla .

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Jvāla (ज्वाल):—(von jval) [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 1, 140.] [Vopadeva’s Grammatik 26. 36.]

1) m. [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 5, 18.] Licht, Fackel: tilaśaṇagomayaśāntājvālena [Kauśika’s Sūtra zum Atuarvaveda 27. 28. 29. 32.] Flamme [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 1, 52.] [Mahābhārata 3, 14132.] [Harivaṃśa 2556. 5592. 13943.] sajvālakavalairmukhaiḥ [Mahābhārata 7, 6658.] [Rāmāyaṇa 4, 10, 25.] Unbestimmt ob m. oder f.: gadā sāgnijvālā [Mahābhārata 7, 598.] astrāṇi savisphuliṅgajvālāni [1, 1431.] [Mṛcchakaṭikā 62, 15.] jvara [Bhartṛhari 1, 94.] —

2) f. ā [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa] a) Beleuchtung [PADDH.] zu [Kātyāyana’s Śrautasūtrāṇi 4, 5 (S. 341).] — b) Flamme [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 1, 52. 3, 4, 2, 19. 14, 73. 30, 232.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 1102.] [Raghuvaṃśa 15, 16.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 11, 23. 42 (43), 45. 45, 49. 46, 10 (11).] [Geschichte des Vidūṣaka 86.] [Dhūrtasamāgama 67, 1.] Vgl. jaṭhara . — c) glühendheisser Reis (dagdhānna) [Śabdacandrikā im Śabdakalpadruma] — d) Nomen proprium einer Tochter Takṣaka’s und Gemahlin Ṛkṣa’s [Mahābhārata 1, 3778]; vgl. jvalanā .

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Jvala (ज्वल):—

1) [Hiḍimbavadha 2, 7] ist jvalānana wohl so v. a. jvālānana (vgl. jvālāmukha), welches nicht in’s Vermaass passt; in beiden Ausgg. des [Mahābhārata] fehlt dieser Halbvers. [Bhartṛhari 1, 95] ist zu streichen, da daselbst die richtige Lesart śvetātapatrojjvalā lakṣmīḥ ist; vgl. [Spr. 3003.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Jvala (ज्वल):—m. Flamme. jvalānana Adj.

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Jvāla (ज्वाल):——

1) m. — a) Licht , Fackel. — b) Flamme.

2) f. ā — a) Beleuchtung. — b) Belebung einer Flamme [Jaiminiyanyāyamālāvistara 10,1,22.] — c) Flamme , helles Licht. — d) *angebrannter Reis. — e) Nomen proprium einer Tochter Takṣaka's.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Jvālā (ज्वाला) [Also spelled jwala]:—(nf) flame, blaze.

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