Karala, aka: Karālā, Karaḷa, Karāla; 12 Definition(s)

Introduction

Karala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Karaḷa can be transliterated into English as Karala or Karalia, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Karāla (कराल)—Sanskrit word for “musk-deer” (Moschus moschiferus). This animal is from the group called Jaṅghāla (large-kneed). Jaṅghāla itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Jāṅghala (living in high ground and in a jungle)

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Karālā (कराला):—One of the four female attendant deities associated with Mitra, the central deity of the Mātṛcakra, according to the Kubjikāmatatantra. This central deity is named Piṅganātha in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā. She is also known by the name Karālī. She is the goddess of the pītha named Jālandhara.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Karāla (कराल) is the name of a teacher to whom the Kāpālika doctrine was revelead, mentioned in the Śābaratantra. The disciple of Karāla is mentioned as being Bhimanātha. The Śābara-tantra is an early tantra of the Kāpālika sect containing important information about the evolution of the Nātha sect. It also lists the twelve original Kāpālika teachers (eg., Karāla). Several of these names appear in the Nātha lists of eighty-four Siddhas and nine Nāthas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Purana

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Karāla (कराल).—A Deva Gandharva. He took part in the birthday celebrations of Arjuna. (Chapter 122, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Karāla (कराल).—Another term for Śiva; a Bhairava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 68; IV. 20. 82.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

Karāla (कराल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.56, XIV.8.13, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Karāla) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Karāla (कराल) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Karāla] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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Karaḷa, (karala) a wisp of grass (tiṇa°) DhA. III, 38; DhsA. 272. (Page 196)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

karala (करल).—n f Husk of rice, sāvā, nācaṇā, rāḷā, varī; esp. fine chaff.

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karaḷa (करळ).—m A sort of soft sandstone, called also kaḍa. 2 n f R (Or karala) Husk of rice and of the inferior and coarse grains. 3 A vacuity or an interstice (as in a loose-textured basket, in rōvaḷī, pāṭī, sūpa &c.)

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karaḷa (करळ).—n karaḷā m The half-burned grass of a kiln underneath the pitchers, bricks, tiles &c.: also a single kāḍī or stalk of it.

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karāla (कराल).—n (Or karala) Husk of rice and of the inferior and coarse grains.

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karāla (कराल).—a S pop. karāḷa a Frightful, formidable, terrible.

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kāralā (कारला).—m An ornament for the wrist, a sort of bāṅgaḍī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karala (करल).—n f Husk of rice, nācaṇā &c.

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

Karāla (कराल).—a.

1) Dreadful, formidable, frightful, terrible; U.5.5,6.1; Māl.3; Bg.11.23,25,27; वपुर्महोरगस्येव करालफणमण्डलम् (vapurmahoragasyeva karālaphaṇamaṇḍalam) R.12.98; Mv.3.48.

2) Gaping, opening wide; करालवक्त्र (karālavaktra) U.5.6.

3) Great, large, high, lofty.

4) Uneven, jagged; pointed; प्रालेयमिश्रमकरन्द- करालकोशैः (prāleyamiśramakaranda- karālakośaiḥ) (puṣpaiḥ) Ve.2.6; Māl.1.38.

5) Harsh, क्वणितकरालकिंकिणीकः (kvaṇitakarālakiṃkiṇīkaḥ) Māl.5.3.

6) Wide, spacious; सन्धिः करालो भवेत् (sandhiḥ karālo bhavet) Mk.3.12.

7) Deformed.

8) Having projecting teeth; करालो दन्तुरे तुङ्गे विकृतोज्ज्वलयोरपि । विग्रहे भीषणे (karālo danture tuṅge vikṛtojjvalayorapi | vigrahe bhīṣaṇe) ... ()|| Nm.

-laḥ 1 Resin, pitch.

2) A disease of the teeth.

3) Black Tulasī.

-lā A terrific form of Durgā; °आयतनम् (āyatanam); न करालोपहलाराच्च फलमन्यद्विभाव्यते (na karālopahalārācca phalamanyadvibhāvyate) Māl.5. 33.

-lī One of the seven tongues of fire. काली कराली च मनोजवा च (kālī karālī ca manojavā ca) Muṇḍ.1.2.4.

-lam A particular condiment.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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