Lakula, Lākula: 6 definitions


Lakula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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: Kāpālikas

Lākula (लाकुल).—The direct precursors of Kāpālikas were the Lākulas, also called Kālamukhas and Mahāvratas. They were the first Śaiva sect to practice the mahāvrata (lit. great observance), which required a full assimilation to Bhairava. In addition to carrying the skull-bowl, they wore a sacred thread (yajñopavīta) made of human hair obtained from corpses, and they adorned themselves with ornaments mostly made of human bones: a necklace, earrings, bracelets or armlets, and a hair jewel (śikhāmaṇi). Ashes were used to cover the body, a practice that originated with the Pāśupatas.

Lākulas were also to carry a skull-topped staff (khaṭvāṅga) and to meditate on Rudra (see Śiva), who was to be seen as all things, and whose highest manifestation was considered to be Dhruva.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Lākula.—also called Lākuleśvara (EI 15), a Śaiva sect follow- ing Lakulīśa. Note: lākula is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Lakula (लकुल):—lya [gana] balādi.

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Lakula 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

Lakuḷa (ಲಕುಳ):—[noun] either of the civit-like carnivore Viverra ichneumon of Viverridae family or Herpestes edwards of Herpestes family, noted for their ability to kill poisonous snakes; common mongoose.

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Lākula (ಲಾಕುಲ):—

1) [noun] a Śaiva sect known as Pāśupata, founded in the second century (a.d.) by Lakulīśa.

2) [noun] a person belonging to this sect.

3) [noun] a thick, heavy stick; a club; a cudgel.

4) [noun] a thin, long stick carried by monks, as a symbol of their monkhood.

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Lākuḷa (ಲಾಕುಳ):—[noun] = ಲಾಕುಲ [lakula].

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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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