Mekhala, aka: Mekhalā; 6 Definition(s)
Mekhala (मेखल) is a Sanskrit technical term referring to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Triviṣṭapa, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Triviṣṭapa group contains ten out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). This group represents temples (eg. Mekhala) that are to be octangular in shape. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra (branch of Hindu science dealing with architecture and construction).
Mekhalā (मेखला)—One of the Heavenly ornaments according to the Vāyu Purāṇa. A brahmacārin in the Tretā age was expected to use mekhalā. Śiva is called muñja-mekhalin (i.e., havin a girdle made of muñja grass).
Mekhalā, (f.) (cp. Vedic mekhalā) a girdle J. V, 202, 294 (su°, adj.); VI, 456; ThA. 35; KhA 109; DhA. I, 39; PvA. 46. (Page 540)
mekhalā : (f.) a girdle for women.
The city of birth of Sumana Buddha and the scene of his first sermon to Sarana and Bhavitatta (Bu.v.21; BuA.125f). It was there that Mangala Buddha converted his chief disciples, Sudeva and Dhammasena (BuA.120). Revata Buddha once preached there to an assembly of one thousand crores of people (BuA.134), while later, King Uggata built, for Sobhita Buddha, the Dhammaganarama in the same city (BuA.139).
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Mekhalikā, (f.) (fr. mekhalā) a girdle Vin. II, 185 (ahi°, consisting of a snake). (Page 540)
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A monastery built by King Uggata in Mekhala for the use of Sobhita Buddha. BuA.139.
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