Murali; 6 Definition(s)


Murali means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Murali or Venu refers to a type of musical instrument, representing one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Murali or Venu is a flute made, as its name indicates, from a thin and hollow bamboo. In a piece of bamboo, suitably chosen, holes are bored in proper places. By blowing in the hole which is near the closed end and stopping one or more of the other holes with the fingers as required, music of a very high standard of perfection is often elicited from this simple instrument.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
Shilpashastra book cover
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "The Flute Playing Lord"

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

muralī (मुरली).—f (S & H) A flute. 2 C The instrument commonly called iḷī.

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muraḷī (मुरळी).—f A female dedicated to the god khaṇḍōbā. 2 C The instrument commonly called iḷī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

muralī (मुरली).—f A flute.

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muraḷī (मुरळी).—f A female dedicated to the god khaṇḍōbā.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Muralī (मुरली).—A flute, pipe.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Murali (मुरलि).—f. (-lī) A flute, a pipe. E. mura surrounding, to get or have, affs. ka and ṅīṣ .

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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Relevant definitions

Search found 5 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Muralīdhara (मुरलीधर).—m. (-raḥ) A name of Krishna. E. muralī a flute, dhara who holds.
Veṇu (वेणु).—m. (-ṇuḥ) 1. A bamboo. 2. A flute. 3. A king so named. E. vī substituted for aj to...
jōga (जोग).—m Renunciation of the world and conquest of worldly passions and affections. v ghē....
gharaghēū (घरघेऊ).—a A general ruiner of families.
Sarvanci Mehuni
sarvāñcī mēhuṇī (सर्वांची मेहुणी).—f A term for a muraḷī or female devoted to temple-whoredom. ...

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