Kilikila, Kilikilā: 7 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kilikila in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kilikilā (किलिकिला).—The capital of Maunas and Bhūtananda. He and his successors reigned for 106 years. These kings had thirteen sons, known by the common name Bāhlikas.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 32-34.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Sanskrit Edition and a Translation of Kambala’s Sādhananidhi, Chapter 8

Kilikilā (किलिकिला) is the name of a deity associated with the syllable “ki” of the Heart Mantra of Heruka (hṛdayamantra): one of the four major mantras in the Cakrasaṃvara tradition, as taught in the eighth chapter of the 9th-century Herukābhidhāna and its commentary, the Sādhananidhi.  The Hṛdaya-mantra consists of twenty-two letters. [...] A practitioner in meditation visualizes that twenty-two deities [viz., Kilikilā] are developed from the twenty-two letters constituting the mantra. Each letter of the mantra is used as the initial letter of each deity’s name except for the first and second deities, who are the chief couple deities and located at the center of the maṇḍala.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kilikila (किलिकिल) is the name of a Vidyādhara-city, situated on mount Vaitāḍhya (in the northern row), according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.


“[...] Taking their families and all their retinue and ascending the best of cars, they went to Vaitāḍhya. [...] Ten yojanas above the earth, King Vinami made at once sixty cities in a northern row at the command of the Nāga-king. [viz., Kilikila]. Vinami himself, who had resorted to Dharaṇendra, inhabited the city Gaganavallabha, the capital of these. [...] The two rows of Vidyādhara-cities looked very magnificent, as if the Vyantara rows above were reflected below. After making many villages [viz., Kilikila] and suburbs, they established communities according to the suitability of place. The communities there were called by the same name as the community from which the men had been brought and put there. [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kilikila (किलिकिल).—nt., and °lā, f. (compare Sanskrit kilakilā, and kilaki-lāyate, °layati, also Pali kilikilāyati), a loud noise (onoma- topoetic): nt. Mahāvastu ii.410.7 °la- (according to text in composition; but read °lā with mss.; perhaps fem.), of noises made by the army of Māra, in attacking the Bodhisattva; °lāni Mahāvastu iii.312.13, of applause; fem. Mahāvyutpatti 2800; Divyāvadāna 459.16, of astonishment; Samādhirājasūtra 19.8 of joy, applause; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 203.12 (read kilikilā with most mss. for text kila°), of joy, applause. Usually associated or [compound] with hāhākāra and prakṣve- ḍita. See next.

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

1) Kilikila (किलिकिल):—m. [plural] Name of a people, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

2) Kilikilā (किलिकिला):—[from kilikila] f. Name of a town, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa xii, 1, 30]

3) [v.s. ...] (= lak) cries expressing joy, [Divyāvadāna]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Kilikilā (किलिकिला):—f. Nomen proprium einer Stadt [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 12, 1, 30.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Kilikila (किलिकिल):—Nomen proprium —

1) m. Pl. eines Volkes [VP.².4,211.] —

2) f. einer Stadt.

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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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