Lilarupa, Līlārūpa, Lila-rupa: 2 definitions


Lilarupa 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Lilarupa in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Līlārūpa (लीलारूप) refers to the “sportive form” of Lord Rudra, according to the Skandapurāṇa 4.1.31 (“The Manifestation of Bhairava”).—Accordingly, as Praṇava (Praṇavātman—‘the Soul in the form of Oṃkāra’) said: “Never does this Lord Rudra, Hara, assuming a sportive form [i.e., līlārūpa-dhara] divert himself with the Śakti who is not different and distinct from him. This Īśa is the great lord, self-luminous and eternal. Śivā, bliss personified, is his eternal Śakti (and not adventitious). Although this was (clearly) stated, the ignorance of Makhamūrti (Nārāyaṇa, embodiment of Yajña) and Aja (Brahmā) did not perish because of the Māyā of Śrīkaṇṭha (Śiva). [...]”.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Līlārūpa (लीलारूप) refers to the “sportive form” of Śambhu (Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.8.—Accordingly, Nārada said to Himavat:—“O lord of mountains, listen to my words with affability. They are true. They cannot be false. The lines in the palm are the lines of Brahmā. They cannot be untrue. O lord of mountains, there is no doubt that her husband will be such a person. You now hear what you have to do whereby you will be happy. There is a bridegroom like that. He is lord Śiva who has sportively assumed a physical form [i.e., śambhu-līlārūpa-dhara]. In Him all bad characteristics are equal to good characteristics. [...]”.

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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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