Maladhara, Mala-dhara, Mālādhara: 7 definitions


Maladhara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Mālādhara (मालाधर) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Lalita, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56. The Lalita group contains twenty-five out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under four groups in this chapter. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mālādhara (मालाधर) is the name of a Brāhman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 72. Accordingly, as king Vinītamati said to Somaśūra: “... once on a time there was a young Brāhman of the name of Mālādhara: he beheld one day a prince of the Siddhas flying through the air. Wishing to rival him, he fastened to his sides wings of grass, and continually leaping up, he tried to learn the art of flying in the air”.

The story of Mālādhara was narrated by Vinītamati in order to teach Somaśūra the doctrine of the perfection of perseverance (yapāramita) as known in the Buddhist doctrine with the object of dissuading Somaśūra from ignorance (ajñāna).

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mālādhara, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mālādhara : (adj.) wearing a garland of flowers.

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

Mālādhara refers to: wearing a wreath J. III, 179 (ratta°, see also above).

Note: mālādhara is a Pali compound consisting of the words mālā and dhara.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mālādhara (मालाधर).—a. wearing a garland.

Mālādhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mālā and dhara (धर).

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

Mālādhāra (मालाधार).—also °rin, q.v., m. (regularly pl.), name of a class of godlings, in Mahāvastu i.30.7 yakṣas, associated with karoṭapāṇi and sadāmatta, qq.v.: Mahāvastu i.30.7 °rā(ḥ); Mahāvyutpatti 3151 °rah (but Mironov °rāḥ); Divyāvadāna 218.8; (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 19.13.

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

1) Mālādhara (मालाधर):—[=mālā-dhara] [from mālā > māla] mfn. wearing a garland, crowned

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a class of divine beings, [Buddhist literature]

3) [v.s. ...] of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [=mālā-dhara] [from mālā > māla] n. a kind of metre, [Colebrooke]

5) Mālādhāra (मालाधार):—[=mālā-dhāra] [from mālā > māla] m. Name of a class of divine beings, [Divyāvadāna] (cf. [preceding])

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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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