Lelihana, Lelihānā, Lelihāna: 6 definitions

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Lelihānā (लेलिहाना) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Lelihānā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Lelihānā (लेलिहाना).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 18.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lelihāna (लेलिहान).—

1) A snake or serpent.

2) An epithet of Śiva.

3) = लेलिहा (lelihā).

Derivable forms: lelihānaḥ (लेलिहानः).

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

Lelihāna (लेलिहान).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Who or what licks. m.

(-naḥ) 1. A name of Siva. 2. A snake. E. lih to lick, aff. śānac, root redup. form irr.

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

1) Lelihāna (लेलिहान):—[from lih] mfn. frequently licking or darting out the tongue, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [ib.]

3) Lelihānā (लेलिहाना):—[from lelihāna > lih] f. a [particular] Mudra or position of the fingers, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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