Lala, aka: Lālā, Lāla; 8 Definition(s)


Lala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Lala (लल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.48.5 II.48.5) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Lala) 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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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

A country in India, the capital of which was Sihapura; it was the birthplace of Vijaya, founder of the Singhalese dynasty (Dpv.ix.5;, 36).

The country is now generally identified with the modern Gujarat, the Larika of Ptolemy.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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India history and geogprahy

Lala (लल).—The Māṇikiālā inscription of the time of Kaniṣka and dated in the year 18 of his reign makes mention of another daṇḍanāyaka called Lala who calls himself a scion of the Guṣaṇa (Kuṣāṇa) race. It is worthy of note that this rank of the daṇḍanāyaka was unknown prior to the time of the Kuṣāṇas.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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

Pali-English dictionary

Lālā, (f.) (cp. laḷati) saliva J. I, 61, 248; VI, 357; Vism. 259; DhA. I, 307 (mukhato lālā galati). (Page 583)

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1) Lāla, (p)pana (nt.) & °ā (f.)=lālappa, together with lāla(p)‹-› pitatta (nt.) in exegesis of parideva at Nd2 416; Vbh. 100, 138; VbhA. 104; DA. I, 121. (Page 583)

2) Lāla, (adj.) (fr. lal, see laḷati) talking without sense, silly, foolish J. VI, 360, 417 (ḷ). Cp. alālā. (Page 583)

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

laḷā (लळा).—m (lala or laḍa S) Fond affection or attachment towards (as towards a child or an animal one has fondled or fed). v kara, bāḷaga, pāḷa, lāva. Pr. lāvaśīla laḷā tara paḍēla gaḷāṃ; Ex. dēva kṛpēcā kōva- ḷā || śaraṇāgatācā pāḷī laḷā ||. 2 Coaxing or endearments on the part of the child or dependent. Ex. mulācā laḷā āī bāpānīṃ puravāvā bhaktācā laḷā- dēva puravitō. Properly or primarily, laḷā is the fondness of the parent or superior party, but, popularly, it is fondness directed whether downwards or upwards. laḷā cālaviṇēṃ or puraviṇēṃ To gratify the fond coaxing and fond pressing of; to fondle, cocker, indulge, pet.

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lāla (लाल).—a ( P) Red. More frequently used as an enhancing affix to tāmbaḍā; as tāmbaḍālāla.

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lāla (लाल).—m ( P) A ruby. 2 A bird, the male of Fringilla Amandava.

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lāḷa (लाळ).—f (lālā S) Saliva or spittle: also spawl or slaver. 2 A disease incidental to cattle, consisting of running at the mouth and rottenness in the feet; the distemper. v yē, jā. lāḷa gaḷaṇēṃ g. of s. & o. To hold intimate friendship or to have flowing affection (together, towards, with). Ex. kāya tyā dōghāñcī lāḷa gaḷatī. lāḷa ghōṇṭaṇēṃ To slaver; or to lick one's chaps; to have one's mouth watering (in expectation of something nice). lāḷēnēṃ caṇē bhijavūna khāṇēṃ (To eat gram moistened only with one's own saliva.) To solace one's self under the omission of honors &c. due or expected, by determinedly holding the assurance that they will yet be rendered.

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lāḷa (लाळ).—f A fine end (as of a thorn); a bristle or hair (as of the awn of corn or grass); a fine splinter in general; esp. as lodging in, or with reference to lodgment in, the flesh. v śira, rāha, kāḍha. Also the very extremity of the dart of a scorpion.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

laḷā (लळा).—m Fond attachment towards.

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lāla (लाल).—a Red. m A ruby.

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lāḷa (लाळ).—f Saliva, spittle; slaver. A disease incidental to cattle. lāḷa gaḷaṇēṃ Have flowing affection (towards), hold intimate friendship with. lāḷa ghōṇṭaṇēṃ Slaver; lick one's chaps; to have one's mouth watering (on expecta- tion of something nice) lāḷēnēṃ caṇē bhijavūna khāṇēṃ (To eat grams moistened only with one's own saliva). To solace one's self under the omission of honours &c. due or expected, by determinedly holding the assurance that they will yet be rendered.

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

Lala (लल).—a.

1) Playful, sportive.

2) Lolling

3) Wishing, desirous.

-lam 1 A shoot, sprout.

2) A garden.

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Lāla (लाल).—

1) Persuasion.

2) A secret matter.

Derivable forms: lālam (लालम्).

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Lālā (लाला).—[lal-ṇic ac ṭāp] Saliva, spittle; कृमिकुलचितं लालाक्लिन्नम् (kṛmikulacitaṃ lālāklinnam) Bh.2.9.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lala (लल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Sporting, frolicking. 2. Lolling, wagging. 3. Wishing, desirous. E. laḍ or lal to sport, ac aff.

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Lālā (लाला).—f.

(-lā) Saliva, spittle. E. lal to wish, ṇic-ac and ṭāp affs.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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