Lilavati, Līlāvatī, Lila-vati: 18 definitions


Lilavati means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Tamil. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—Second wive of king Dhruvasandhi (son of Puṣpa) of the Solar Dynasty. Līlāvatī gave birth to the beautiful child named Satrujit. See the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 3.14 (The glories of Devī).

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Lilavati in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—Wife of Dhruvasandhi, King of Kosala. (For details see under Dhruvasandhi)

2) Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—A prostitute who attained Svarga by simply observing the Śuklāṣṭamīvrata in the month of Proṣṭhapada in which was born Rādhādevī. Chapter seven, Brahmakhaṇḍa of Padma Purāṇa contains the following story.

2) In times of old in Kṛtayuga there was a beautiful prostitute of the name Līlāvatī. Once she went away from her own town to another in search of better prospects. There she saw a big assemblage of people in a temple. They were observing Rādhāṣṭamīvrata and worshipping their deity with scented flowers and incense of sweet fragrance. Some were reciting prayers, some were singing and yet others were dancing. The whole atmosphere was filled with devotion. Līlāvatī went to them and enquired about it. They told her that that day was the birthday of Rādhādevī, the Śuklāṣṭamī of the month of Proṣṭhapada, and if anyone observed Vrata on that day worshipping Rādhādevī he would be absolved of all sins.

2) On hearing that, Līlāvati decided to observe the Vrata. She joined the devotees of the temple and observed the Vrata with great devotion. Soon she died of snake-bite and the servants of Yama came to take her soul to hell because of the sins she had committed as a prostitute. But before the Yamadūtas could touch her, Pārṣadas of Mahāviṣṇu wearing the insignia of Śaṅkha, Cakra, Gadā and Padma came to her with a chariot drawn by kingly swans and took her to heaven.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—The courtesan who had faith in Śiva and who did the dāna of Lavaṇācala and gained heaven.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 92. 23.
Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana

Līlāvatī (लीलावती) or Līlāvatīpurāṇa refers to one of the eighteen Minor Puranas (i.e., Upapurāṇa) according to the Devībhāgavatapurāṇa and other traditional lists of Puranic literature: a category of ancient Sanskrit texts which gives a huge contribution in the development of Indian literature.—The Upapurāṇas (e.g., līlāvatī-purāṇa) can be considered as the supplements of the Mahāpurāṇas as those are mostly based on the Mahāpurāṇas. The Saurapurāṇa considers the Upapurāṇas as khilas i.e., supplements. [...] Though the numbers of Upapurāṇas are specified as eighteen, there are many important Upapurāṇas which are excluded from the lists of Upapurāṇas given by different sources.

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—Legend says Bhāskarācārya II (b. 1115 C.E.) composed the Līlāvatī work at the instance of his daughter Līlāvatī. Līlāvatī, which can be a work on Indian Mathematics, deals with many aspects of mathematics compared with modern mathematics as well. It shows the Indian knowledge system of ancient time on calculation. At the end of its first chapter Bhāskarācārya discusses about permutation of metres and gives examples of anuṣṭup and gāyatrī. Bhāskarācārya gives method of calculation of these metres, as an instance for other metres. for other metres.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Lilavati in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Līlāvatī (लीलावती) is the wife of the Asura Maya and the mother of Sunītha, who was later born as king Candraprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, “... there [in the fourth underworld], on a pillar composed of jewels, adorned with every luxury, they beheld that mother of Sunītha, the wife of Maya, by name Līlāvatī, surpassing in beauty the nymphs of heaven, surrounded with Asura maidens, and adorned with all ornaments. The moment she beheld that Sunītha, she rose up in a state of excitement, and Sunītha, after saluting her, fell at her feet”.

The story of Līlāvatī and Maya was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Līlāvatī, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Lilavati. A Cola Princess, daughter of Jagatipala. She escaped with her father to Ceylon, where she became the queen of Vijayabahu I. Cv.lix.24f.

2. Lilavati. Daughter of Viravamma and Yasodhara, the latter being the daughter of Vijayabahu I. and his queen Lilavati. She married Vikkamabahu. Cv.lix. 28, 50. See Vikkamabahu (2).

3. Lilavati. Daughter of Sirivallabha and Sugala and sister of Manabharana (Cv.lxii.2). She was the first queen of Parakkamabahu I., and after his death, she ruled over Ceylon for three years (1197 1200 A.C.), with the help of the general Kitti, till she was expelled by Sahasamalla. Then she reigned again for one year, this time with the help of Vikkantacamunakka. Lokissara deposed her and ruled for nine months, when the general Parakkama once more restored Lilavati to the throne, which, this time, she occupied for about seven months. Cv.lxxx.31, 46, 50; also Cv.Trs.ii.131, n.5.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4u: Jain Dharma ka Maulika Itihasa (2)

Līlāvatī (लीलावती) is the mother of Śubhadatta.—[...] The ‘Śrī Pāsanāha Cariyaṃ’ gives the following description of Lord Pārśvanātha’s Gaṇadharas (principal disciples).—“[...] Śubhadatta: He was the first Gaṇadharas of Lord Pārśvanātha. He was the resident of Kṣemapurī city. His father's name was Dhanya and mother's name was Līlāvatī. He became a śrāvaka under monk Saṃbhūta. After the death of his parents he became disinclined. He heard the sermon of Lord Pārśvanātha at Āśramapada garden at the 1st Samavaśaraṇa and became a mendicant and the first Gaṇadhara”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

1) Līlāvatī (लीलावती) is the name of a work on the topic of Medicine ascribed to Raghunātha Dāsa (C. 1680-1750 C.E), a celebrated author of Oḍiśā who composed many work in different disciplines of Sanskrit Literature. Also see the “New Catalogus Catalogorum” XXII. p. 206.

2) Līlāvatī (लीलावती) is the name of a work ascribed to Rāmapāṇivāda (18th Century): a scholar of multi discipline, who flourished in Kerala in the 18th Century. He was a prolific writer both in Sanskrit and Prakrit. Also see the “New Catalogus Catalogorum” XXIV. pp. 173-74.

Source: Tessitori Collection I (history)

Līlāvatī (लीलावती) is the name of an ancient city, according to the “Madhu-Mālatī-copaī” by Caturbhujadāsa (classified as Rajasthani literature), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—In Līlāvatī reigned king Candrasena who had a beautiful daughter, Mālatī. Madhu, also called Manohara, was the son of his minister tāraṇa Sāha. They fell in love when Mālatī looked through the curtain separating them as they were studying at school. Mālatī succeeded in overpowering Madhu with the assistance of her companion Jaitmal through the use of a vaśīkaraṇa charm and they loved each other through gandharva marriage.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

līlāvatī (लीलावती).—f (S) The name of a treatise upon gaṇita or arithmetic: hence arithmetic. 2 A sportive woman, a wanton, flirt, grig.

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

līlāvatī (लीलावती).—f The name of a treatise upon gaṇita. A sportive woman.

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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 dictionary

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

Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—f. (-tī) A wanton or sportful woman. E. līlā, and matup affs.

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

Līlāvatī (लीलावती).—i. e. līlā + vant + ī, f. A wanton woman, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 193, M.M.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Līlāvatī (लीलावती) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[nyāya] See Nyāyalīlāvatī.

2) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—a romance. Mentioned by Vāgbhaṭa in Alaṃkāratilaka.

3) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—sometimes called pāṭīlīlāvatī the first part of the Siddhāntaśiromaṇi by Bhāskara, treating of arithmetic and algebra. Io. 1904. W. p. 230. 231. Cambr. 51. Paris. (B 184). K. 240. B. 4, 154. Report. Xxxv. Ben. 28. Bik. 314. Pheh. 7. Rādh. 35 (and—[commentary]). Burnell. 75^a. Oppert. 785. 1561. 2022. 2023. 2424. 2691. 8225. Ii, 1156. 3262. 4912. 6411. 6696. 8344. 9897. Rice. 38 (and—[commentary]). Peters. 1, 119. 3, 398. Bp. 309. Sūcīpattra. 19. Bījapāṭī. B. 4, 154. Saṃjñāpāṭī. B. 4, 156.
—[commentary] B. 4, 156. Rādh. 43. NW. 560. Oppert. Ii, 6697.
—[commentary] by Kṛṣṇa. NW. 518. Np. Ii, 74. Ix, 52.
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtasāgarī by Gaṅgādhara, son of Govardhana. W. p. 231. L. 1254. B. 4, 122. 154. Report. Xxxv. Np. V, 88. Gu. 6. W. 1739. Peters. 1, 119. 3, 398. Sūcīpattra. 19.
—[commentary] Buddhivilāsinī by Gaṇeśa, son of Keśava, composed in 1546. Io. 89. Ben. 28. NW. 550. Oudh. Xiii, 60. Np. V, 4. Viii, 58. Oppert. Ii, 6412 (by Rāmakṛṣṇa?). 9893. Sūcīpattra. 19.
—[commentary] by Dāmodara. B. 4, 154.
—[commentary] by Devīsahāya. Rādh. 35. NW. 518. This is rather an abstract of the Līlāvatī.
—[commentary] by Paraśurāma. B. 4, 156.
—[commentary] by Mahīdāsa, composed in 1587. Np. Vii, 36. Bp. 82. 273. 368.
—[commentary] Mitabhāṣiṇī by Raṅganātha, son of Nṛsiṃha. Io. 133. Sūcīpattra. 19.
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtalaharī by Rāmakṛṣṇa, son of Nṛsiṃha. Io. 1807. 1895. K. 240. Poona. 281. Oppert. 1562. 8226. Sūcīpattra. 19.
—[commentary] Manorañjana by Rāmakṛṣṇadeva, son of Sadādeva. Colebrooke Misc. Essays Ii^2, 408.
—[commentary] Pāṭīlīlāvatībhūṣaṇa by Rāmacandra. B. 4, 156. Np. Viii, 58. Ix, 46 (in these last called Gaṇitāmṛtakūpikā).
—[commentary] by Rāmadatta. NW. 518 (Ramādatta).
—[commentary] by Lakṣmīnātha. Np. Ix, 46.
—[commentary] Nisṛṣṭārthadūtī by Viśvarūpa. Ben. 28. Np. Viii, 54. Sb. 256.
—[commentary] by Vṛndāvana. NW. 536.
—[commentary] Pāṭīgaṇitaṭīkā by Śrīdhara Maithila. [Mackenzie Collection] 130. B. 4, 154.
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtakūpikā by Sūryadāsa. Io. 115. K. 224. Np. V, 88. Poona. 280. Sūcīpattra. 19. Līlāvatyudāharaṇa. Rādh. 35. 43.
—by Candraśekhara Paṭanāyaka. K. 240.
—by Viśveśvara. L. 2227.

4) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—jy. by Śrīdhara. B. 4, 198.

5) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—Tattvacintāmaṇidīdhitiṭīkā by Rāmakṛṣṇa.

6) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—Praśastapādabhāṣyaṭīkā by Śrīvatsācārya.

7) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—sometimes called pāṭīlīlāvatī by Bhāskara. Fl. 259. Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 81. Io. 89. 1049. 1122. 1493. 1510. 1904. 1968. 2274. 2367. 2409. 2649. 2657. 2658. Oudh. Xx, 136. Peters. 4, 37. Rgb. 863. 903. Stein 172.
—[commentary] by Bhāskara. Oudh. Xx, 104. 126.
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtasāgarī by Gaṅgādhara, son of Govardhana. Io. 728. 1061 ([fragmentary]). 1895 ([fragmentary]). 2278. Peters. 4, 37.
—[commentary] Buddhivilāsinī by Gaṇeśa, son of Keśava. Devīpr. 79, 14. Fl. 498. Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 81. Io. 89. 1012. 2279. Oudh. Xx, 106. Peters. 4, 37. Stein 172.
—[commentary] Līlāvatīvilāsa by Devīsahāya. Stein 172.
—[commentary] by Paraśurāma. Rgb. 864.
—[commentary] by Mahīdāsa. Rgb. 865.
—[commentary] by Mopadeva, son of Suvarṇakāra Bhīmadeva. Stein 172.
—[commentary] Mitabhāṣiṇī by Raṅganātha, son of Nṛsiṃha. Io. 133. 2276.
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtalaharī by Rāmakṛṣṇa, son of Lakṣmaṇa, grandson of Nṛsiṃha. Io. 1807. 1895 ([fragmentary]).
—[commentary] Manorañjana by Rāmakṛṣṇadeva, son of Sadāśiva (called also Āpadeva). Io. 1742. 2277.
—[commentary] Līlāvatīvāsanābhāṣya Gaṇakabhūṣaṇa by Rāmacandra Bhaṭṭa, son of Poṣaṇa Bhaṭṭa. Stein 172 (inc.).
—[commentary] Pāṭīgaṇita, Pāṭīvyākhyāna, or Līlāvatyudāharaṇa by Vīreśvara. Io. 1976 (inc.).
—[commentary] Gaṇitāmṛtakūpikā by Sūryadāsa. Io. 115. 2275.

8) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—by Bhāskara. Ulwar 1949.
—[commentary] Buddhivilāsinī by Gaṇeśa, son of Keśava. Ulwar 1949. 1952.
—[commentary] by Paraśurāma, son of Śrīharsha. Ulwar 1951. Extr. 567.
—[commentary] Manorañjana by Rāmakṛṣṇadeva, son of Āpadeva. Ulwar 1953.
—[commentary] Nisṛṣṭārthadūtī by Viśvarūpa, son of Raṅganātha. Ulwar 1950. Extr. 566.

9) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—astron. by Bhāskara, son of Maheśvara. As p. 168 (2 Mss.). L.. 959. 960 (inc.). Peters. 6, 439. Līlāvatīvāsanābhāṣya by the same. Bd. 849. C. by Rāmacandra. Bd. 849. C. Gaṇitāmṛtasāgarī by Gaṅgādhara, son of Govardhana. As p. 168. L.. 961. C. by Govardhana. Peters. 6, 439. C. by Parameśvara, son of Rudra. See Whish 139. C. by Moṣadeva (Stein writes Mopadeva), son of Bhīmadeva. Bd. 850. C. by Rāmakṛṣṇa, son of Lakṣmaṇa. L.. 962 ([fragmentary]). C. Manorañjana by Rāmakṛṣṇadeva. As p. 168 (placed wrongly under Gaṇitādhyāya). C. Gaṇitāmṛtakūpikā by Sūryadāsa. As p. 168 (2 Mss.). Udāharaṇa by Kṛpārāma. As p. 168.
—by Vīreśvara. As p. 168.

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

1) Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—[=līlā-vatī] [from līlā-vat > līlā] f. a beautiful and charming woman, [Bhartṛhari; Hitopadeśa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Durgā, [Catalogue(s)]

3) [v.s. ...] of the wife of the Asura Maya, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Surāṅganā, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

5) [v.s. ...] of a wife of Avīkṣita, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] of a merchant’s daughter, [Hitopadeśa]

7) [v.s. ...] a kind of metre, [Colebrooke]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of various works ([especially] of a well-known treatise on arithmetic, algebra, and geometry by Bhāskarācārya, [Colebrooke; Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 176, 183]; also abbreviated for nyāya-l)

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

Līlāvatī (लीलावती):—(tī) 3. f. A wanton.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Līlāvati (ಲೀಲಾವತಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman who has the tendency of engaging in recreation to amuse herself or others.

2) [noun] a beautiful, charming woman.

3) [noun] a treatise on mathematics by Bhāskarācārya.

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Līḷāvati (ಲೀಳಾವತಿ):—[noun] = ಲೀಲಾವತಿ [lilavati].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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