Lalata, Lalāṭa: 9 definitions


Lalata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: The Śaiva Yogas and Their Relation to Other Systems of Yoga

Lalāṭa (ललाट, “forehead”) refers to one of the sixteen types of “locus” or “support” (ādhāra) according to the Netratantra. These ādhāras are called so because they “support” or “localise” the self and are commonly identified as places where breath may be retained. They are taught in two different setups: according to the tantraprakriyā and according to the kulaprakriyā. Lalāṭa belongs to the latter system.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Lalāṭa, see nalāṭa (cp. laṅgula). (Page 582)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lalata (ललत).—m A Rag or mode of music. Sung in uttararātra or after midnight. See rāga.

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lalāṭa (ललाट).—n (S) The forehead. 2 Popularly understood as the spot betwixt the eyebrows.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

lalāṭa (ललाट).—n The forehead.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lalāṭa (ललाट).—[laḍ-ac ḍasya laḥ, lalamaṭati aṭ-aṇ vā Tv.] The forehead; लिखितमपि ललाटे प्रोज्झितुं कः समर्थः (likhitamapi lalāṭe projjhituṃ kaḥ samarthaḥ) H.1.19; N. 1.15.

Derivable forms: lalāṭam (ललाटम्).

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

Lalāṭa (ललाट).—n.

(-ṭaṃ) The forehead. E. lala wish or dalliance, from laḍ with ac aff., aṭ to go or be, aff. aṇ; also with kan added lalāṭaka n. (-kaṃ) .

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

Lalāṭa (ललाट).—n. The forehead, [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 183; [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 73, 8.

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

1) Lalāṭa (ललाट):—n. (later form of rarāṭa q.v.) the forehead, brow, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc. (ṭe ind. on the forehead, in front; the destiny of every individual is believed by the Hindūs to be written by Brahmā on his forehead on the 6th day after birth See, [Religious Thought and Life in India 370])

2) Lālāṭa (लालाट):—mf(ī)n. ([from] lalāṭa) being in or on the forehead, relating to it etc., [Prabodha-candrodaya]

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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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