Mahalila, Maha-lila, Mahālīla: 1 definition


Mahalila 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahalila in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahālīla (महालील) (Cf. Līlā) refers to “great divine sports”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.18 (“Description of the perturbation caused by Kāma”).—Accordingly, after Śiva described Pārvatī: “[...] O sage, then Pārvatī smilingly laid bare some parts of her body and cast graceful glances at Him with great pleasure. On seeing these movements and gestures Śiva became fascinated. Lord Śiva indulging in great divine sports [i.e., mahālīla] spoke these words. ‘I feel great pleasure on merely seeing her. What pleasure shall I derive by embracing her?’.”.

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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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