Mahallaka: 10 definitions


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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahallaka.—(IE 8-5; EI 25), probably, a member of the Pañcāyat; explained as ‘city elders’; cf. yat…nagara-mahallakā vicārya vadante, etc. (Ep. Ind., Vol. XXXI, p. 20); also called Mahallāka, Mahallika. (CII 4), same as Mahattara. (EI 2; CII 1), an old man. In Od8iyā, it means a guard of the royal harem. (CII 1), big, vast. (EI 23), a landlord. Note: mahallaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mahallaka : (adj.) old. (m.), an old man.

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

Mahallaka, (adj. n.) (a distorted mah-ariyaka› ayyaka› allaka; cp. ayyaka) old, venerable, of great age; an old man D. I, 90 (opp. taruṇa), 94, 114, 247; Sn. 313, 603; Nd2 261 (vuḍḍha m. andhagata etc.) J. IV, 482 (opp. dahara young); Vv 461 (=mahanto VvA. 199); DhA. I, 7, 278; II, 4, 55, 91; SnA 313. Compar. mahallakatara DhA. II, 18.—f. mahallikā an old woman Miln. 16; Mhvs 21, 27; VvA. 105; PvA. 149 (=addhagata).—(The BSk. form is mahalla, e.g. Divy 329, 520. ) (Page 527)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahallaka (महल्लक).—a. Weak, feeble, old.

-kaḥ 1 A eunuch in a king's harem.

2) A large house, palatial building; (cf. Mar. mahāla).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahallaka (महल्लक).—f. °ikā, adj. and subst. (= prec.; [etymology] Pischel 595, wrongly [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary]; = Pali and AMg. id., both mgs.), (1) old; an old person, elder; oftenest of humans: commonly after jīrṇo vṛddho, in stock phrase, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 72.2; 102.10; 322.3; Lalitavistara 102.12; Mahāvastu ii.150.18; 425.17; Mahāvyutpatti 4097; 7657; Kāraṇḍavvūha 48.12; Avadāna-śataka i.228.3 (prec. by jīrṇa-vṛddho); Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 176.5 (prec. by vṛddho jīrṇo); jīrṇānāṃ vṛddhānāṃ °llakānāṃ Divyāvadāna 112.22; mahallaka-mahallikāḥ Śākyā(ḥ) Lalitavistara 100.11; 118.3, the male and female Śākya-elders; daharā ca madhyā ca °llakā ca Mahāvastu i.262.18; °llakas (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 593.25 (verse; see mahalla); °kaḥ Mahāvyutpatti 8722, a senior monk (? Tibetan, rgan zhugs, lit. having entered when old; Chin. also seems to mean one who entered the order after middle life); of an elephant, °ko hastināgas Divyāvadāna 370.26, and °ke (without noun) 'bhiruhya 27; grāme °kāḥ Mahāvastu i.302.3, the elders in the village; not clear in corrupt line Mahāvastu ii.63.7 (mss. mahallikāya, or maharddhikāya, perhaps referring somehow to Hrī?); at end of cpds., yakṣa-mahallako vā yakṣa- mahallikā vā (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 395.1, a male or female yakṣa-elder; so in Mahā-Māyūrī 225.14 ff. deva-mahallaka and °likā, and a long series of other such cpds.; (2) large (so AMg., and Pali, at least with vihāra, e.g. Vin. ii.166.20; iii.156.15; this use ignored [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary], tho noted in Childers), noted only as epithet of a vihāra: Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya ii.128.12; Mahāvyutpatti 8375 °kaḥ, sc. vihāraḥ, and °ka- Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iii.88.1, referring to the saṃ- ghāvaśeṣa sin of [Prātimokṣasūtra des Sarvāstivādins] 481.4, where lacuna in [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] text but Chin. (une) grande (demeure), = Pali Vin. iii.156.15 °kaṃ…vihāraṃ; also °kaṃ…vihāraṃ [Prātimokṣasūtra des Sarvāstivādins] 506.10 = id. Pali Vin. iv.47.22.

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

Mahallaka (महल्लक).—m.

(-kaḥ) An eunuch employed in a Harem. 2. A large house. f.

(-llikā) Feeble. E. mahalla said to mean the inner apart- ments, probably an Arabic word, and kan added: otherwise with ṭhak added mahallika m. (-kaḥ) .

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

1) Mahallaka (महल्लक):—[from mahalla] mf(ikā)n. old, feeble, decrepit, [Lalita-vistara; Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

2) [v.s. ...] m. = [preceding] [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a large house, mansion, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Mahallaka (महल्लक):—[mahalla+ka] (kaḥ) 1. m. A eunuch employed in the haram.

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