Kalikala, Kalikāla, Kālīkalā: 8 definitions


Kalikala 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Kalikāla (कलिकाल) (Cf. Kaliyuga) refers to the “Kali age”, as mentioned in the Malhar or Junwani copper plate inscription (647CE, see Bakker 2000 and 2015; Sanderson 2012).—Accordingly, “[…] reaching the present Kali age (kalikāla), the venerable Lord Lakulīśa took up an incarnation and was born in the family of a Brahmin called Somaśarman. He was initiated into the Great Observance by him (?) [and became] the Moon of the World. Then by him, Musalīśa [was initiated], then, by the unbroken tradition starting with Soma, the local Master Rudrasoma, his disciple Tejasoma, whose pupil is the venerable Bhīmasoma […]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Kālīkalā (कालीकला) refers to the “energy of Kālī”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] (She is) the Vidyā which is Bhairava’s form, the energy of Kālī (kālīkalā) in the Age of Strife. She is Kaulinī who come forth from the divine in Hara's teaching and, on the Krama path, she should be praised as Umā and Carcikā. She is the Skyfarer marked with Śrīnātha, to whom the gods bow. She is the mistress of the maṇḍala, Carcikā at the end of the couple, the supreme energy who is nine-fold up to the sixteenth energy”.

2) kalikāla (सिद्धिद) refers to the “age of Kali (strife)”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “The Great Mata is above all Tantric practice. It is the Śāmbhava tradition that has come down through the series of teachers. It has come from the invisible (unmanifest) form and gives success in the Age of Strife (kalikāla). O god, it gives worldly benefit and liberation and is sealed in the First Seat. It is the venerable Ciñciṇīkula present in the venerable Kadamba Cave, established (there) by the God of the gods in accord with the Rule”.

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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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Damila chieftain, conquered by Lankapura. Cv.lxxvi.214f.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kalikāla (कलिकाल).—m (S) A time of the age kali, i.e. a dark, troublous, calamitous time. See ex. under kaḷīkāḷa.

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kaḷīkāḷa (कळीकाळ).—m (Poetry.) The age called kaḷī or a time of the age kaḷī, i. e. an evil or adverse time. Ex. ghāluniyā kāsa karitō kaivāḍa || kaḷikāḷāsiṃ āḍa lāgōṃ nēdī ||. Ex. tujhiyā mudrikēcēṃ adbhuta baḷa || tēṇēṃ kṣaṇaika jiṅkijēla ka0 || Ex. ka0 tōḍarīṃ bāndhōna || laṅkēsa sukhēṃ nāndēkā ||.

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

Kalikāla (कलिकाल):—[=kali-kāla] [from kali] m. the Kali age, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Kalikala 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

Kalikāla (ಕಲಿಕಾಲ):—[noun] = ಕಲಿಗಾಲ [kaligala].

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Kaḷikaḷa (ಕಳಿಕಳ):—

1) [noun] the plant Maninot esculenta (=M. utilissima) of Euphorbiaceae family; cassava plant.

2) [noun] the root of this plant.

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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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