Kalanala, Kālānala, Kala-anala: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kālānala (कालानल) refers to the “fire of dissolution”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.23 (“Attempt of Himavat to dissuade Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as the Gods and others said to Viṣṇu: “We dare not go near the great lord Śiva who is very terrifying, furious and who has the burning brilliance of the deadly fire of dissolution [i.e., kālānala-samaprabha]. Undoubtedly he will burn us all in His anger as Kāma, the indefatigable god, has been burnt by him”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Kālānala (कालानल).—A son of Sabhānara and a Paṇḍita; and father of Sṛñjaya.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 13; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 18. 2-3.

1b) See saṃvartāgni.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 45 & 56.
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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Kālānala (कालानल) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., kālānala-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Kālānala (कालानल) refers to one of the three doorkeepers of the Santānabhuvana triangle, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—The Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā identifies this triangle with the whole of the Western Tradition (paścimāmnāya), as the House of the Moon (candragṛha). It is also called Candrapurī as is the Triangle described in chapter three of the Kumārikākhaṇḍa. But note that although they are similar, they are not the same. Both are made up of a series of triads. The one described in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā has a few more compared to the one described in the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, namely, the doorkeepers [i.e., Kālānala], Bhairavas, doors, and bolts.

2) Kālānala (कालानल) refers to the “fire of time”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra.—Accordingly, [while describing the visualized form of Navātman Bhairava]: “[...] Navātman’s mind is blissful with his own energy and he is delighted by the bliss of (spiritual) wine. [...] One should think that the weapon, which is the terrible Fire of Time (kālānala), is licking up and destroying (all things with its flames). (Powerful) like a blue lightning flash, it is energized by the fire of (universal) destruction. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kālānala (कालानल).—

1) the destructive fire at the end of the world.

2) an epithet of Rudra. -3. a kind of bead (rudrākṣa).

Derivable forms: kālānalaḥ (कालानलः).

Kālānala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāla and anala (अनल). See also (synonyms): kālāgni.

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

Kālānala (कालानल).—m. the fire of all-destroying Time, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 69, 10.

Kālānala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāla and anala (अनल).

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

1) Kālānala (कालानल):—[from kāla] m. = kālāgni, [Rāmāyaṇa iii, 69, 19; Bhagavad-gītā]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Sabhā-nara (also called kālānara, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]), [Harivaṃśa 1669; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of another man

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Kalanala in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kālānala (ಕಾಲಾನಲ):—

1) [noun] the mythological fire that destroys the universe.

2) [noun] (fig.) a large, destructive fire.

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Kālānaḷa (ಕಾಲಾನಳ):—[noun] = ಕಾಲಾನಲ [kalanala].

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Kāḷānala (ಕಾಳಾನಲ):—

1) [noun] the mythological fire that destroys the universe.

2) [noun] (fig.) a large, destructive fire.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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