Jvala, aka: Jvālā, Jvāla; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

Jvala means something in 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)

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.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Trinity
Shilpashastra book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of jvala in the context of Shilpashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

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.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Purana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of jvala in the context of Purana from relevant books on Exotic India

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
Pancaratra book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of jvala in the context of Pancaratra from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

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.

Discover the meaning of jvala in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

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.

--- OR ---

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.

--- OR ---

Jvālā (ज्वाला).—

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

2) Burnt rice.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jvala (ज्वल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Blazing, shining. m.

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

--- OR ---

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: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of jvala in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Relevant definitions

Search found 52 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Jvalamukhi
Jvālāmukhī (ज्वालामुखी) refers to one of the eight inner channels running through the dharmacak...
Agnijvala
Agnijvālā (अग्निज्वाला).—f. (-lā) 1. A flame of fire. 2. A plant bearing red blossoms used by d...
Mahajvala
Mahājvālā (महाज्वाला) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Cittavaj...
Jvalajihva
Jvālajihva (ज्वालजिह्व).—m. (-hvaḥ) Agni, or fire. E. jālā, and jihvā a tongue; whose tongue is...
Jatajvala
Jaṭājvāla (जटाज्वाल).—m. (-laḥ) A lamp. E. jaṭā entangled hair, and jvālā flame. jaṭā iva jvālā...
Saptajvala
Saptajvāla (सप्तज्वाल).—m. (-laḥ) Agni or fire. E. sapta seven, jvālā flame.
Hemajvala
Hemajvāla (हेमज्वाल).—m. (-laḥ) Fire. E. hema gold, and jvālā flame.
Jatharajvala
Jaṭharajvālā (जठरज्वाला).—f. (-lā) Belly-ache, colic, enteritis. E. jaṭhara, and jvālā burning.
Vajrajvala
Vajrajvālā (वज्रज्वाला).—A daughter of Mahābali. This Vajrajvālā was the wife of Kumbhakarṇa. (...
Vidyujjvala
Vidyujjvāla (विद्युज्ज्वाल).—n. of a nāga: Mvy 3316.
Jvalamalin
Jvālāmālin (ज्वालामालिन्) is the name of a warrior who participated in the war between Śrutaśar...
Jvalarasabhakamaya
Jvālārāsabhakāmaya (ज्वालारासभकामय).—Ring-worm. Derivable forms: jvālārāsabhakāmayaḥ (ज्वालारास...
Jvalalinga
Jvālāliṅga (ज्वालालिङ्ग).—Name of a sanctuary of Śiva; ततो ददृशतुस्तत्र ज्वालालिङ्गं महत् पुरः ...
Jvalanrisimha
Jvālānṛsiṃha (ज्वालानृसिंह) is short for Jvālā, one of the aspects of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), acc...
Jvalavaktra
Jvālāvaktra (ज्वालावक्त्र).—an epithet of Śiva.Derivable forms: jvālāvaktraḥ (ज्वालावक्त्रः).Jv...

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: