Mauli, Maulī: 11 definitions


Mauli means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Mauli (मौलि):—The commonly known Sanskrit name for the head-gear is Mauli. There are various well-known varieties of head-gear such as:

  1. Jaṭāmukuṭa,
  2. Kirīṭamukuṭa 
  3. and Karaṇḍamukuṭa.

And the minor varieties thereof are:

  1. Śirastraka,
  2. Kuntala,
  3. Keśabandha,
  4. Dhammilla
  5. and Alakacūḍaka

In the formation of these minor varieties, the plaits of hair are bound by what are called

  1. Patrapaṭṭa,
  2. Puṣpapaṭṭa and
  3. Ratnapaṭṭa
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mauli (मौलि).—A Tripravara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 33.

1b) A son of Maṇibhadra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 156.
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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Maulī (मौली) refers to a type of mask (pratiśiras) or crown, prescribed for the middling gods (as opposed to superioir or inferior) and kings, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. It is also known by the name Mastakī. Providing masks is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Vaidyavallabha: An Authoritative Work on Ayurveda Therapeutics

Mauli (मौलि) is a Sanskrit technical term referring to the “head”, and is dealt with in the 17th-century Vaidyavallabha written by Hastiruci.—The Vaidyavallabha is a work which deals with the treatment and useful for all 8 branches of Ayurveda. The text Vaidyavallabha (mentioning mauli) has been designed based on the need of the period of the author, availability of drugs during that time, disease manifesting in that era, socio-economical-cultural-familial-spiritual-aspects of that period Vaidyavallabha.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

māulī (माउली).—f (Used esp. in poetry.) Commonly māvalī.

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mauli (मौलि) [or मौली, maulī].—f S The head. 2 A lock of hair on the crown.

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

māulī (माउली).—f A mother. Gen- erally in poetry.

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mauli (मौलि) [-lī, -ली].—f The head; a lock of hair on the crown.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mauli (मौलि).—a. [mūlasyādūrabhavaḥ iñ] Head, foremost, best; अखिलपरिमलानां मौलिना सौरभेण (akhilaparimalānāṃ maulinā saurabheṇa) Bv.1.121.

-liḥ 1 The head, the crown of the head; मौलौ वा रचयाञ्जलिम् (maulau vā racayāñjalim) Ve. 3.4; R.13.59; Ku.5.79.

2) The head or top of anything, top-most point; U.2.3; देव्यग्रदीपमालाया मौलिदीपतुलां दधौ (devyagradīpamālāyā maulidīpatulāṃ dadhau) Parṇāl.

3) The Aśoka tree.

-liḥ (m., f.)

1) A crown, diadem, tiara; अलब्धशाणोत्कषणा नृपाणां न जातु मौलौ मणयो वसन्ति (alabdhaśāṇotkaṣaṇā nṛpāṇāṃ na jātu maulau maṇayo vasanti) Bv.1.73.

2) Hair on the crown of the head, tuft or lock of hair; जटामौलि (jaṭāmauli) Ku.2.26 (jaṭājūṭa Malli.); पुष्पितलतान्तनियमितंविलम्बिमौलिना (puṣpitalatāntaniyamitaṃvilambimaulinā) Ki.12.41.

3) Braided hair, hair braided and ornamented; दुःशासनेन कचकर्षणभिन्नमौलिः (duḥśāsanena kacakarṣaṇabhinnamauliḥ) Ve.6.34.

-liḥ, -lī f. The earth.

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

Mauli (मौलि).—mf. (-liḥ-liḥ or ) 1. A lock of hair on the crown of the head. 2. Hair ornamented and braided round the head. 3. A diadem, a tiara. 4. The head. f. (-lī) The earth. E. mūla the root or base, aff. iñ; or mūla a name, and aff of descent; or to bind, li aff., and the radical vowel changed.

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

Mauli (मौलि).— (akin to mūla), m. and f. 1. A lock of hair on the crown of the head. 2. Hair ornamented and braided round the head. 3. A crown, diadem, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 60; [Pañcatantra] 230, 18. 4. The head, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 66, 2; [Hitopadeśa] 72, 19 (maulau nidhāya, Obeying).

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Maulī (मौली).— (akin to mūla), f. The earth.

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

Mauli (मौलि).—[masculine] head, top, point; crest, diadem (also [feminine]). —maulau nidhā put on the head i.e. receive with submission.

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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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