Karalavadana, Karālavadanā, Karala-vadana: 7 definitions


Karalavadana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Karalavadana in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Karālavadanā (करालवदना) is another name for Goddess Karālī, the deity of Karāla (Jālandhara), according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, as the Goddess (i.e., Kubjikā) said to Karālī:—“[...] Whose is this divine creation that was here before in the sacrifice? You have fallen due to the great heat (pratāpa) of my energy (but) have not fled (from it). O Karālavadanā (One with a Fierce Face), you who extend the net (jāla) of Māyā! You will soon (be given) lordship over Jālandhara. Once he comes from the assembly of the Skyfaring (Yoginīs) (khecarīcakra), the venerable lord Siddhakauṇḍalin, the lord (nātha) who knows all things (aśeṣārtha), will be your lord (nātha)”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Karalavadana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karālavadanā (करालवदना).—an epithet of Durgā.

Karālavadanā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karāla and vadanā (वदना).

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

Karālavadana (करालवदन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Of hideous aspect, ugly, frightful. f.

(-nā) A form or emanation of Durga. E. karāla, and vadana countenance; also karālānana, karālamukha, &c.

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

Karālavadana (करालवदन).—[adjective] having a gaping mouth.

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

1) Karālavadana (करालवदन):—[=karāla-vadana] [from karāla] mfn. idem, [Bhagavad-gītā; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) Karālavadanā (करालवदना):—[=karāla-vadanā] [from karāla-vadana > karāla] f. Name of Durgā.

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

Karālavadana (करालवदन):—[karāla-vadana] (naḥ-nā-naṃ) a. Terrific, frightful. () f. Durgā.

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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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