Lalabhaksha, Lālābhakṣa, Lala-bhaksha: 4 definitions


Lalabhaksha 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.

The Sanskrit term Lālābhakṣa can be transliterated into English as Lalabhaksa or Lalabhaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Lālābhakṣa (लालाभक्ष).—One of the 28 hells for making one's own wife taste one's semen;1 for eating without guests or before offering food to gods and manes; a naraka of offensive smell to which goes one who holds intercourse with a daughter of his friend and a Brāhmaṇa lady.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 26. 7 and 26.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 147 and 161; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 147, 159; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 6. 3 and 16.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

Lālābhakṣa (लालाभक्ष) refers to one of the thirty hells (naraka) mentioned in the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 8.21 (on the narrative of hells). The hells are destinations where dead beings brought by messengers of Yama (the God of the Pitṛs), and get punished by him according to their karmas and faults.

The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam (mentioning Lālābhakṣa), is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.

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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-English dictionary

[«previous (L) next»] — Lalabhaksha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lālābhakṣa (लालाभक्ष).—Name of a hell

Derivable forms: lālābhakṣaḥ (लालाभक्षः).

Lālābhakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms lālā and bhakṣa (भक्ष).

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

Lālābhakṣa (लालाभक्ष):—[=lālā-bhakṣa] [from lālā > lal] m. ‘having s° for food’, Name of a [particular] hell (assigned to those who eat their meals without offering portions of food to the gods, deceased ancestors, and guests), [Purāṇa]

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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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