Malainatu, Malai-nadu, Malaināṭu, Malainadu, Malai-natu: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Acta Orientalia vol. 74 (2013): Historical sequence of the Vaiṣṇava Divyadeśas

Malaināṭu or Cēranāṭu refers to the “hill Country” and represents one of the seven topographical segments in Vaiṣṇavism.—[cf. Keralaputra in Aśoka’s Edicts; 3rd century BCE]—Tradition would record the Vaiṣṇava divyadeśas or divyasthalas are 108. The divyadeśa is a base of the cult of Viṣṇu in Viṣṇuism [Vaiṣṇavism] tradition. [...] The 108 [divyadeśas] are brought under six or seven topographical segments [viz., Malaināṭu] of the Indian subcontinent.

Within Malaināṭu are 13 divyadeśas:

  1. Nāvāy,
  2. Vittuvakkōṭu (Viccikōṭu or Viñcikkōṭu),
  3. Kāṭkarai (or Trikkākkarā),
  4. Mūḻikkaḷam,
  5. Vallavāḻ (or Vallā, Śrīvallabhakṣetra),
  6. Kaṭittāṉam,
  7. Ceṅkuṉṟūr (Ciṟṟāṟu),
  8. Puliyūr (Kuṭṭanāṭu),
  9. Vāṟaṉviḷai (Ārammuḷā),
  10. Vaṇvaṇṭūr (Vamuṇṭūr),
  11. Aṉantapuram,
  12. Vaṭṭāṟu,
  13. Vaṇparicāram (Tiruppaticāram).
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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Malainatu in Purana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu

Malainadu (Kerala) contains 13 out of the 108 divyadesas according to Priyavaccan Pillai’s compendium of the Ramayana based on the Nalayirativviyappirapantam.—Kerala (Malainadu) lies in between the ghats and it the ocean and is a sea-locked region. Most temples are found on the seashore.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Malainatu in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Malaināṭu (மலைநாடு) [malai-nāṭu] noun < மலை⁴ [malai⁴] +.

1. Hilly country; மலைப்பாங்கான தேசம். [malaippangana thesam.]

2. Cēra kingdom, as hilly; சேரநாடு. வரையின்வளனு முடன்பெருகி மல்குநாடு மலைநாடு [seranadu. varaiyinvalanu mudanperugi malkunadu malainadu] (பெரியபுராணம் விறன்மிண்டர். [periyapuranam viranmindar.] 1).

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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