Mali, Mālī, Māli: 10 definitions



Mali means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mālī (माली).—A demon of great valour. Genealogy and birth. There were two very brave brothers in the demon tribe named Heti and Praheti. They were inseparable companions of Mahābali. Praheti was unmarried and spent his time in religious pursuits. Heti married Bhayā sister of Kāla and got a son named Vidyutkeśa. Vidyutkeśa married Sālakaṭaṅkā daughter of Sandhyā and got a son named Sukeśa Sukeśa married Devavatī, daughter of Grāmaṇī, alias Maṇimāyā. Devavatī delivered three sons, Mālī Sumālī and Mālyavān. (See full article at Story of Mālī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Māli (मालि).—The father of Kaikasī and father-in-law of Visravas; a follower of Vṛtra in his battle with Indra; a Rākṣasa in the fifth talam; slain by Hari in the Devāsura war.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. 21; VIII. 10. 57; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 37; III. 8. 40. Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 34.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Mali (मलि) is the name of the caitya-tree under which the parents of Puṣpadanta are often depicted in Jaina iconography, according to the Śvetāmbara tradition. According to the Digambara tradition the tree is known as Akṣa. The term caitya refers to “sacred shrine”, an important place of pelgrimage and meditation in Jainism. Sculptures with such caitya-trees generally shows a male and a female couple seated under a tree with the female having a child on her lap. Usually there is a seated Jina figure on top of the tree.

Puṣpadanta is the ninth of twenty-four tīrthaṅkaras: enlightened beings who, having conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leave a path behind for others to follow. His father is Sugrīva and his mother is Rāmā, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mālī : (adj.) having garlands or flowers.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

maḷī (मळी).—f (maḷa) A roll, as rubbed up, of the scurf of the body. 2 Mud and garbage brought by rains or a river, alluvium. Hence 3 A river-sidespot as suitable for a plantation or garden: also the plantation or garden thereon. 4 Sugar-skimmings: also skimmings or scum in general. 5 R A little division in a field; a plat, plot, bed.

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mālī (माली).—(Or mahālā, mahālī &c.) A term of courtesy affixed to the names of Barbers. Ex. dāma- mālī, trimbakamālī.

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māḷī (माळी).—m (mālī S) A florist or horticulturist, a gardener. Pr. māḷyācī makā āṇi kōlhyācēṃ bhāṇḍaṇa Used where parties contend about goods or matters belonging to neither.

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māḷī (माळी).—f P (māḷa) Level and arable land upon the acclivity of a hill. 2 (māḷā) An upper story; a boarded loft; a sort of garret or sollar.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

maḷī (मळी).—f Scum. Alluvium. A plat.

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māḷī (माळी).—m A gardener, florist. f An upper story.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mali (मलि).—f. Possession, enjoyment.

Derivable forms: maliḥ (मलिः).

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

Māli (मालि).—name of a nāga king: Mahā-Māyūrī 247.15 (n. sg. Mālir).

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

Mali (मलि).—f.

(-liḥ) Having, possessing. E. mal to hold, in aff.

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

1) Mali (मलि):—[from mal] f. holding, having, possession, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) Māli (मालि):—[from māla] mfn. (ifc.) = and [varia lectio] for mālin, [Mahābhārata] (cf. yājña-, vedaand su-m)

3) [v.s. ...] m. = mālin Name of a son of the Rākṣasa Su-keśa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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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 (even English!). 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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