Malaya, aka: Mālaya; 21 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Malaya (मलय):—Another name for Candana (Santalum album), a species of medicinal plant and used in the treatment of fever (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which is part of the 7th-century Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Malaya (मलय) 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Malaya (मलय).—One of the seven holy mountains (kulaparvata) situated in Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. In the settlements (janapada) along these mountains dwell Āryas and Mlecchas who drink water from the rivers flowing there. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Malaya (मलय).—A son of King Ṛṣabhadeva belonging to the Priyavrata dynasty. (Bhāgavata, 5th Skandha).

2) Malaya (मलय).—A son of Garuḍa (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva Chapter 99, Verse 14).

3) Mālaya (मालय).—A son of Garuḍa. (Śloka 14, Chapter 101, Udyoga Parva).

4) Malaya (मलय).—A mountain in South India. The following pieces of information are gathered about this mountain from the Purāṇas:—

The sovereign deity of this mountain attends on Kubera in Kubera’s assembly. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 32)

The Pāṇḍya and Cola Kings collected Sandal Paste essence from the Malaya and Dardura mountains, filled them in golden pots and presented them to Yudhiṣṭhira. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 52, Verse 33).

The monkeys who went in search of Sītā crossed this mountain. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 289, Verse 44).

Malaya is considered as one of the seven chief mountains of India. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Verse 11)

Once Mṛtyu deity performed tapas on this mountain. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 54, Verse 26).

In Tripuradahana, Śiva used this mountain as the flagstaff of his chariot. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 102, Verse 73).

5) Malaya (मलय).—In Mahābhārata there is a description of another Malaya Mountain besides the Malaya mountain of South India. When the sage Śuka ascended Heaven, he saw a Malaya mountain on the way. The celestial women, Urvaśī and Vipracitti used to dance there daily. This Malaya is somewhere above Kailāsa. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 332, Verse 21).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Malaya (मलय) is the name of a ancient country/region from where the Rudrākṣa trees are said to be very sacred, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the greatness of Rudrākṣa:—“[...] Rudrākṣas grown in Gauḍa land became great favourites of Śiva. They were grown in Mathurā, Laṅkā, Ayodhyā, Malaya, Sahya mountain, Kāśī and other places. They are competent to break asunder the clustered sins unbearable to the others, as the sacred texts have declared”.

Note: Malaya refers to a mountain range on the west of Malabar, the western ghats, abounding in sandal trees.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Malaya (मलय).—A son of Ṛṣabha and Jayanti.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 4. 10.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Malaya (मलय) refers to the name of a Mountain mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.27, II.27.8, VI.10.10). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Malaya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Malaya (मलय) is the name of a mountain said to be located within the Dākṣiṇāpatha (Deccan) region. Countries within this region pertain to the Dākṣinātyā local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Malaya (मलय) or Malayādri is the name of a mountain whose lord is named Kākaṇḍaka: a Vidyādhara king who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side but was slain by Prabhāsa, who participated in the war against Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... when they heard that [speech of Śrutaśarman], eight warriors in anger surrounded Prabhāsa.... And the fourth was an excellent Vidyādhara named King Kākaṇḍaka, a chief of a host of warriors, and his dwelling was in the mountain Malaya”.

Malaya (मलय) or Malayagiri, as situated in the southern region (dakṣiṇa), is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109. Accordingly, as Amṛtaprabha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... there is a great mountain (mahāgiri) named Malaya in the southern region; and in a hermitage on it lives a great hermit named Vāmadeva”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Malaya, 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Malaya (मलय).—One of the eight kulaparvatas (boundary-mountains) mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—Malaya is the southern part of the western ghāts, south of the river Cauveri, called the Travancore hills, including the Cardamon mountains extending from the Koimbatoor gap to cape comorin where it touches the ocean, Bhavabhūti (Mahāvīracarita) tells us that the slopes of Malaya mountain are encircled by the river cauveri. The Malaya abounds in sandal trees and is proverbially famous for its cool breezes. Rājaśekhara has described four peculiarities of Malaya according to its natural resources.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Malaya (मलय) or Malayāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Bimbāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Malaya Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Bimba-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Malaya refers to an ancient district or cultural territory, as mentioned in the 7th-century Mudrārākṣasa written by Viśākhadeva. Malaya corresponds to the western Ghats.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kavya
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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)

1. Malaya. A mountainous district in South India. E.g., J.iv.327; Cv.lxxvi.195.

2. Malaya. The mountainous country of Ceylon, originally the home of the Pulinda (Mhv.vii.68; see Mhv.Trs.60, n. 5). When Dutthagamani fled from his fathers wrath, it was in Malaya that he hid (Mhv.xxiv.7). In Malaya was the Ambatthakolalena, from which Dutthagamani obtained silver for the Maha Thupa (Mhv.xxviii.20). The hill country provided protection from marauders who invaded Ceylon (E.g., in the case of Vattagamani; Mhv.xxxiii.62; also xxxv.26), and also from those causing danger to the rightful ruler (E.g., ibid., xxxvi.50; Cv.xli.20; l.20). When Buddhism was threatened by the activities of unbelievers who had obtained possession of Anuradhapura, it was to Malaya and to Rohana that the monks fled in order to save themselves and their teaching (E.g., Mhv.xxxvii.6). Malaya also afforded shelter to rebels against the government both during preparations for attack and, if necessary, during their flight (E.g., Cv.xli.10; xliv.62; xlviii.98; li.112f.; lvii.47, 57).

In later times Malaya was treated as a special province, and was in charge of an official called Malayaraja, who was generally the kings younger son, the elder being viceroy in charge of the Eastern Province (Pacinadesa). The district of Dakkhinadesa was included in Malaya (See Cv.xli.33ff.; lii.68; Cv. Trs.i.54, n.4; but see Cv.xlii.6, 10; xliv.43 li.13; liii.36), but it was later separated ( The Yuvaraja himself was sometimes Malayaraja, particularly when the other provinces were in the hands of enemies (E.g., Cv.lviii.7). Mention is also made (Cv.lxix.6) of a Malayaraja who was in charge of a Damila army (probably of mercenaries). In times of war the people of Malaya usually gave a great deal of trouble as the country was difficult of access (E.g., Cv.lxx.30). Some of the villages in Malaya were composed of only one house. Sp.ii.298.

3. Malaya. The mountainous district of Ramanna. Cv.lxxvi.22.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Malaya (मलय) is the name of a mountain associated with Subhīṣaṇa: the southern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Malaya (मलय) is the name of one of the seven kulaparvata (clan mountain) of Bhāratavarṣa, associated with a distinct country or tribe.—As ascertained by Professor Hemachandra Raychaudhuri, Malaya is the mountain par excellence of the Pāṇḍyas.

Malaya, which also figures in the Nasik Praśasti, is represented by that portion of Western Ghats, which stretches from Nilgiri to Kanyākumarī. The expression malaya in Trikūṭa-malaya, which is referred to in Ipur Plates of Mādhava II is sometimes taken In its general sense of a hill. Dr. Sircar, however, takes the term Trikūṭa-malayādhipati to mean, Lord of Trikūṭa and Malaya.

Source: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

Malaya (मलय) refers to one of the seven kulaparvatas (chief mountains) mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa. Malaya refers to that portion of the Western Ghats which extends from Nīlagiri to Gape Comarin.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Malaya.—(IA 14), derived from Dravidian malai, ‘a hill’. Note: malaya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Malaya (मलय) is the name of a mountain region as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Malaya (cf. Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa) is central mountain region in the interior of Ceylon.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

malaya (मलय).—m S A mountainous range along the west of the peninsula of India, the Malabar ghaṭs: also the country lying along this range and the ocean, Malabar. 2 The peninsula of Malacca.

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malayā (मलया).—m The name of a fish.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Malaya (मलय).—

1) Name of a mountain range in the south of India, abounding in sandal trees; (poets usually represent the breeze from the Malaya mountain as wafting the odour of sandal trees and other plants growing thereon, which peculiarly affects persons who are smit with love); स्तनाविव दिशस्तस्याः शैलौ मलयदर्दुरौ (stanāviva diśastasyāḥ śailau malayadardurau) R.4.51; 9.25;13.2; विना मलयमन्यत्र चन्दनं न प्ररोहति (vinā malayamanyatra candanaṃ na prarohati) Pt.1.41; मलये भिल्लपुरन्ध्री चन्दनतरुकाष्ठमिन्धनं कुरुते (malaye bhillapurandhrī candanatarukāṣṭhamindhanaṃ kurute) Subhāṣ.

2) Name of the country lying to the east of the Malaya range, Malabar.

3) A garden.

4) The garden of Indra.

5) The side of a mountain.

6) (In music) A kind of measure.

Derivable forms: malayaḥ (मलयः).

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Mālaya (मालय).—a. (- f.) [मलये भवः अण् (malaye bhavaḥ aṇ)] Coming from the Malaya mountain.

-yaḥ Sandal-wood.

-yam 1 A carevansary.

2) the unguent prepared from sandal.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Malaya (मलय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. A mountain or mountainous range, from which the best Sandal-wood is brought, answering to the western Ghats in the peninsnla of India. 2. The country that lies along the Malaya range, or the west coast of the peninsula, Malayalam or Malabar. 3. A garden. 4. The garden of Indra. 5. One of the minor Dwipas or divisions of the world. f.

(-yā) A plant, commonly Teori, (Convolvulus turpethum.) E. mal to hold or contain, (Sandal-wood.) Unadi aff. kayan .

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Mālaya (मालय).—n.

(-yaṃ) Sandal, the unguent prepared from it. E. malaya the mountain whence the wood is brought, and aṇ aff.

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