Meghamala, Megha-mala, Meghamālā, Meghamāla: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 4.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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

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.

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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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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

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.

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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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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

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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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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Meghamālā (मेघमाला).—[feminine] wreath of clouds, lit. = seq.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Meghamālā (मेघमाला) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—indication of coming rain, famine or plenty, etc. from the appearance of the atmosphere, attributed to Nārada. L. 2668. Report. Xxxv. Pheh. 8. Quoted in Śāntisāra.

Meghamālā has the following synonyms: Mayūracitraka, Ratnamālā.

2) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—from Rudrayāmala. Bik. 603.

3) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—jy. Ben. 28. Pheh. 8. Rādh. 35. Np. V, 4. H. 319 (by Garga). Vienna. 17.
—Aindrī. B. 4, 116.
—by Prajāpatidāsa. Peters. 3, 398.
—by Mahādeva. B. 4, 180.
—Raudrī. Kh. 74. Oudh. X, 10 (by Rudra). Peters. 2, 194.
—by Vāsudeva. B. 4, 180.
—by Śiva (?). K. 238. B. 4, 180.

4) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—from the Rudrayāmala. Stein 236. Weber 2240.

5) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—jy. on the signs of coming clouds and subsequent rain, of meteors and lightning, and the omens to be derived from their appearance. L. 4222. Peters. 4, 36. Rgb. 843. 844 (by Garga).
—attributed to Bhairava and Maheśvara. Peters. 4, 36.
—Raudrī. Io. 1681.
—by a Viṣṇubhakta. Fl. 337.
—in the form of a dialogue between Śiva and Pārvatī. Fl. 337. Rgb. 845.

6) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—from the Rudrayāmala. Ulwar 1911.

7) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—assigned to the Rudrayāmala. As p. 152. Cs 5, 82. L.. 1246. Peters. 6, 434.

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

1) Meghamāla (मेघमाल):—[=megha-māla] [from megha] m. ‘cl°-capped, crowned with cl°’, Name of a mountain, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Rākṣasa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Kalki, [Kalki-purāṇa]

4) Meghamālā (मेघमाला):—[=megha-mālā] [from megha-māla > megha] f. a line or succession or gathering of cl°, [Mahābhārata; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a Mātṛ attending on Skanda, [Mahābhārata]

6) [v.s. ...] of sub voce works.

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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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