Mudgala, Mudgalā: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Mudgala (मुद्गल):—One of the five sons of Bharmyāśva (son of Arka). From him originated the Maudgalya dynasty. He had twin children, one male and one female. The male child he named Divodāsa, and the female was named Ahalyā. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.31-33)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mudgala (मुद्गल).—A country of ancient Bhārata. This country was once conquered by Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (Śloka 16, Chapter 11, Droṇa Parva). (See full article at Story of Mudgala from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Mudgala (मुद्गल).—A serpent born of the family of Takṣaka. This serpent was burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 10, Chapter 57, Ādi Parva).

3) Mudgala (मुद्गल).—(maudgalya) A sage of Purāṇic fame. Mudgala and Durvāsas. Mudgala had never been provoked even once by anger. Durvāsas once came to the āśrama of Mudgala in Kurukṣetra where he was living on alms received by begging. Durvāsas came naked. Mudgala gave all that he got that day to Durvāsas. The latter ate to his heart’s content and smeared on his naked body what remained after his meal. Mudgala never got angry. This continued for days together and not for once did Mudgala get angry. Durvāsas was immensely pleased with this behaviour of Mudgala and he offered to send him to heaven with his body. Devas came with a Vimāna at once. Mudgala after enquiring about the conveniences and luxuries of heaven refused to go. (Chapter 261, Vana Parva). Other details.

(i) Mudgala, who was well versed in the Vedas, was a priest in the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 9, Chapter 53, Ādi Parva).

(ii) Mudgala visited Bhīṣma lying on his bed of arrows. (Śloka 9, Chapter 47, Ādi Parva).

(iii) Once Śatadyumna gave Mudgala a golden house. (Śloka 21, Chapter 137, Anuśāsana Parva).

(iv) Once the King of Cola conducted a Yāga making Mudgala the chief priest. (Chapter 130, Part IV. Padma Purāṇa).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mudgala (मुद्गल).—A son of Bharmyāśva. From him sprang the Brahmana family Maudgalyas. Father of twins; Divodāsa and Ahalyā. A pupil of Śākalya;1 a mantrakṛt.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 31-34; XII. 6. 57; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 109; 35. 2. Vāyu-purāṇa 60. 60, 64; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 22.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 107.

1b) A son of Bhadrāśva;1 a mantrakṛt;2 a Trayārṣeya, not to marry with Angiras or Matsyadagdhas.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 3.
  • 2) Ib. 145. 103.
  • 3) Ib. 196. 41.

1c) A son of Bheda; after him Maudgalyas, the Kṣatra-Brahmanas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 196, 198.

1d) A son of Haryaśva and father of Haryaśva; after him came the Maudgalyas, the Kṣatriya Brahmanas.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 59-61.

1e) An Ātreya clan.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 85; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 78.

1f) A branch of Angiras.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 107.

2) Mudgalā (मुद्गला).—A Brahmavādinī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 18.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mudgala (मुद्गल).—Name of a sage.

-lam A kind of grass.

Derivable forms: mudgalaḥ (मुद्गलः).

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

Mudgala (मुद्गल).—[masculine] [Name] of a Ṛṣi etc., [plural] [Name] of a people.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mudgala (मुद्गल) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Quoted by Jātūkarṇya Oxf. 270^b.

2) Mudgala (मुद्गल):—Karṇasaṃtoṣa, metrics.

3) Mudgala (मुद्गल):—father of Nāganātha, grandfather of Narasiṃha (Khaṇḍapraśasta).

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

1) Mudgala (मुद्गल):—[from mud] m. ([probably] [from] mudga) Name of a Ṛṣi with the [patronymic] Bhārmyaśva (the supposed author of [Ṛg-veda x, 102]), V, [Nirukta, by Yāska; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] of a disciple of Sākalya, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Viśvāmitra, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] of various authors and other men (also with bhaṭṭasūri etc.), [Catalogue(s)]

5) [v.s. ...] [plural] the descendants of Mudgala, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a people, [Mahābhārata]

7) [v.s. ...] n. a species of grass, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] = mudgalāpaniṣad.

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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 (even English!). 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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