Meghamala, aka: Megha-mala, Meghamālā, Meghamāla; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Meghamālā (मेघमाला).—A female follower of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 30, Chapter 46, Śalya Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Meghamālā (मेघमाला).—Mt. a boundary hill in Plakṣadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Meghamālā (मेघमाला) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.28). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Meghamālā) 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)

Meghamālā (मेघमाला) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the first six, the eighth, the eleventh, the fourteenth the seventeenth, the twentieth and the twenty-third syllables of a foot (pāda) are light (laghu), while the rest of the syllables are heavy (guru).


Meghamālā falls in the Saṃkṛti class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing twenty-four syllables each.

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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Meghamālā (मेघमाला) is the alternative name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) mentioned by Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Meghamālā corresponds to Bhṛṅgābja-līlālaka. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A robber of great fame. DA.i.89; MA.ii.688.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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mēghamāḷa (मेघमाळ).—f A string of paper-cuttings &c. See raṅgamāḷa.

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mēghamāḷā (मेघमाळा).—f (Wreath of clouds.) The clouds. 2 The name of a book of prophetic calculations made upon the clouds. 3 The wreath of pitchers around a Persian waterwheel.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

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Meghamālā (मेघमाला).—f. a line of clouds; प्रथमं मेघराजिः पञ्चाद् बिद्युल्लता (prathamaṃ megharājiḥ pañcād bidyullatā) V.2.

Meghamālā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and mālā (माला). See also (synonyms): meghapaṅkti, megharāji.

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Meghamāla (मेघमाल).—a. cloud-capt.

Meghamāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and māla (माल). See also (synonyms): meghamālin.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Meghamālā (मेघमाला).—f.

(-lā) A gathering or succession of clouds. E. megha a cloud, mālā a necklace or garland.

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