Meghamalin, Meghamālin, Megha-malin: 4 definitions


Meghamalin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Meghamālin (मेघमालिन्) is the name of an ancient king from Vidiśā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 71. Accordingly, as the Manorathasiddhi said to prince Kamalākara: “... prince, as I was roaming about, I reached the city of King Meghamālin, named Vidiśā, the pleasure-ground of the Goddess of Prosperity. There I was staying in the house of a professor of singing, named Dardura....”.

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

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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The Jaina Iconography

Meghamālin (मेघमालिन्) or Kaṭha is the name of a [false] ascetic who Dharaṇendra and Pārśvanātha, the Yakṣa accompanying Pārśvanātha: the twenty-third of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—[...] There exists in Jaina literature a mythological story as to Dharaṇendra [also, Pārśva-yakṣa] was saved by Jina Pārśvanātha from being burned in the sacred fire of a false ascetic Kaṭha (afterwards, Meghamālin) and how when attacked by Meghamālin, in his Kāyotsarga Āsana, Pārśvanātha was gratefully waited upon by the same serpent, born next as Dharaṇendra, or Nāgendra Yakṣa of Pātāla.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Meghamālin (मेघमालिन्).—a. cloud-capt.

Meghamālin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and mālin (मालिन्). See also (synonyms): meghamāla.

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

Meghamālin (मेघमालिन्).—n. of a yakṣa: Māy 41.

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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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