Nanalilakara, Nānālīlākara, Nanalila-kara: 1 definition

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nānālīlākara (नानालीलाकर) refers to “one who indulges in many kinds of divine sports” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.44 (“Menā regains consciousness”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to Menā: “O Menā, you shall listen lovingly to my auspicious words whereby your evil inclination shall cease. Śiva is the creator, sustainer and annihilator of the universe. You do not know His real form. Wherefore do you then seek sorrow? The lord has several forms and names. He indulges in many kinds of divine sports (nānālīlākara). He is the lord of all and independent. He is the master of delusion and free from doubtful alternatives. Realising this, O Menā, give your daughter to Śiva. Abandon your misplaced stubbornness. Your evil inclination is destructive of all affairs”.

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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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