Patala, aka: Pāṭalā, Paṭala, Pātāla, Pāṭala, Pātala; 23 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the Hands of The Seven Lower Worlds.—Pātāla: the Patāka hand twisted downwards is applicable.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Pāṭalā (पाटला) is a Sanskrit word referring to Bignonia suaveolens from the Bignoniaceae (bignonias) family according Monier-Williams and Apte, but according to the Pandanus database, it refers to Stereospermum colais (“Trumpet Flower”) from the same family. According to the India Biodiversity Portal, the former name is a synonym of the latter. It can also be spelled as Pātala (पातल). It is also known as Tāmrapuṣpī, Alivallabhā and Alipriyā. In English, the plant is also known as the “Trumpet flower tree” or the “Yellow snake tree”. It has the following botanical synonym: Stereospermum suaveolens.

According to the Amarakośa, the plant has the following synonyms: Pātali, Amoghā, Kācasthālī, Phaleruhā, Kṛṣṇavṛṇtā and Kuberākśī. The Amarakośa is a 4th century Sanskrit botanical thesaurus authored by Amarasiṃha.

According to the Mādhavacikitsā (7th-century Āyurvedic work), the plant (Pāṭalā) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) chapter. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Daśamūla group of medicinal drugs.

2) Pāṭala (पाटल) is a Sanskrit word for a variety of rice (ṣaṣṭika) which is said to have an inferior quality, according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The literal translation of the word is “pale red” or “pink”. The plant Pāṭala is part of the Śūkadhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of awned grains”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. Pāṭala is said to be sweet and guru, but has amlapāka and as such aggravates pitta.

3) Pāṭala (पाटल) is another name (synonym) for Kampillaka, which is the Sanskrit word for Mallotus philippensis (kamala tree), a plant from the Cleomaceae family. This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 13.99), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Pāṭalā (पाटला).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—It has coarse leaves and fragrant rosy flowers blossoming in spring. Its root bak is astringent, bitter, hot and destroys vāta and kapha.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Pāṭalā (पाटला)—Sanskrit word for a fish. This animal is from the group called Nādeya-matsya (‘fresh water fish’). Nādeya-matsya itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Ānupa (those that frequent marshy places).

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Of the Patalas (coats of the eye), two are in the eye-lid (Vartma-mandala) and four in the eye proper, wherein occurs the dreadful disease known as the Timira (loss of vision).

Of these four

  1. the first or anterior coat (Patala) supports the humour Jala and light (Tejas), (note: By “Jala” is meant here the serum (Rasa) in the skin, and by “Tejas” the blood in the veins (Sirā) carrying the (Tejas) known as the Ālochaka.)
  2. the second coat or Patala (choroid) is supported by muscles ;
  3. the third coat or Patala (Sceroim and Cornea) consists of Medas (lit. fat)
  4. and there is the fourth which is a fifth part of the whole and is known as the Drishti.

There are, however, divisions and subdivisions of these coats.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume III
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Pāṭalā (पाटला):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Pāṭala (पाटल).—A monkey. This monkey met Śrī Rāma at Kiṣkindhā when the latter was going to Laṅkā to meet Vibhīṣaṇa. (Chapter 88, Sṛṣti Khaṇḍa, Padma Purāṇa).

2) Pātāla (पाताल).—The last of the seven regions or worlds under the earth said to be peopled by Nāgas. The seven regions one below the other are (1) Atala (2) Vitala (3) Sutala (4) Talātala (5) Rasātala (6) Mahātala and (7) Pātāla. In all these regions there are beautiful cities and buildings built by Maya, the great architect. The daityas, dānavas and nāgas live in these regions.

2) Pātāla is seventy thousand yojanas high each division being ten thousand yojanas high. The earth in these regions is of different hue like white, black, red and yellow. It is filled with rubbles, black granite and gold. Once Nārada on his return to Svarga from Pātāla said that Pātāla was more beautiful than Svarga. The ornaments worn by nāgas are profusely studded with shining diamonds. Daytime is lighted by the Sun and the night by the Moon. There is neither heat nor cold there and the happy nāgas living contentedly do not feel the passage of time.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Pāṭalā (पाटला).—The goddess enshrined at Puṇḍravardhana.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 35.

1b) A tīrtha sacred to Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 33.

2) Pātāla (पाताल).—(Sutalam): the nether-world where live the Lords of Nāgaloka with their hoods of jewels; at the bottom of this region lives Śeṣa;1 of golden colour, residence of Bali having been given by Vāmana as also of Mucukunda, Daityas and Asuras; women of;2 sacred to Parameśvarī;3 when Śukra wanted to go to the camp of the Devas the Asuras threatened to leave for P.;4 of seven regions below the earth;5 destroyed by Rudra's flame in the dissolution.6

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 26; 5. 41; V. 24. 7 and 31; 25. 1; Matsya-purāṇa 154. 197; 163. 91; 249. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 164; 97. 18; 98. 80 and 86; 100. 157; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 5. 13; VI. 8. 48.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 172; 20. 13-15; 42. 5; III. 36. 4; 53. 11; 54. 12; 69. 30; IV. 1. 153; 38. 35. Matsya-purāṇa 43. 33; 246. 69; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 12; 41 ff.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 39.
  • 4) Ib. 47. 68. Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 111. IV. 4. 19.
  • 5) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 5. 1-12; IV. 4. 19; V. 1. 72;
  • 6) Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 3. 24-5.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Pātāla (पाताल) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The presiding deity residing over the liṅga in this place (Pātāla) is named Hāṭakeśvara. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas is found in the commentary of the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Pāṭala (पाटल) is the name of a tree found in maṇidvīpa (Śakti’s abode), according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 12.10. Accordingly, these trees always bear flowers, fruits and new leaves, and the sweet fragrance of their scent is spread across all the quarters in this place. The trees (eg. Pāṭala) attract bees and birds of various species and rivers are seen flowing through their forests carrying many juicy liquids. Maṇidvīpa is defined as the home of Devī, built according to her will. It is compared with Sarvaloka, as it is superior to all other lokas.

The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa, or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam, is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Pātāla (पाताल, “nether regions”) is the name of a region where Nāgas are born and assume forms at will, according to the sixth Ucchvāsa of the Udayasundarīkathā. It is in this world where the aged Śeṣa resides and king Śikhaṇḍatilaka lives in the captial city Indīvara. His daughter, Udayasundarī is the main heroine of the tale.

Soḍḍhala has given geographical references in the work. The nether regions were divided into seven divisions. In this matter he follows Vāyupurāṇa. Rājaśekhara also has referred to seven nether regions. In the Purāṇas they are

  1. Atala,
  2. Vitala,
  3. Sutala,
  4. Talātala,
  5. Mahātala,
  6. Rasātala
  7. and Pātāla.

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit epic tale written by Soḍḍhala in the early 11th century, revolving around the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Pātāla (पाताल) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Pātālanṛsiṃha or Pātālanarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Patala

A dancer. He lived in a village near Benares. One day, having earned some money in a fete in the city, he sat down on the bank of the river, eating and drinking with his wife. He became drunk, and fastening his lute round his neck, he went with his wife down to the river. The water filled his lute and he began to sink. His wife thereupon let go of his hand and came out of the river. Seeing him about to drown, the wife begged of him one song wherewith to earn her living. He sang her a stanza to the effect that the water of the Ganges, which was the salvation of many, proved to be his bane.

This story was among those related by the Bodhisatta in the Padakusalamanava Jataka (J.iii.507f). The Parupanas made the use of this story in poking fun at the Ekamsikas, because the texts chosen by the Ekamsikas to prove their case proved just the contrary (see Bode, op cit., 76, n. 3.).

2. Patala

A tank restored by Parakkamabahu I. Cv.lxviii.44.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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General definition (in Buddhism)

Pātāla (पाताल) or Saptapātāla refers to the “seven lower regions” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 123):

  1. dharaṇitala (the plains of the earth),
  2. acala (the mountain),
  3. mahācala (the great mountain),
  4. āpa (the water realm),
  5. kāñcana (the golden realm),
  6. sañjīva (the reviving hell),
  7. naraka (hell).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pātāla). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Pāṭala (पाटल) is the name of the caitya-tree (identified with Bignonia suaveolens) under which the parents of Vāsupūjya are often depicted in Jaina iconography, according to the Śvetāmbara tradition. According to the Digambara tradition the tree is known as Tenduva. The term caitya refers to “sacred shrine”, an important place of pelgrimage and meditation in Jainism. Sculptures with such caitya-trees generally shows a male and a female couple seated under a tree with the female having a child on her lap. Usually there is a seated Jina figure on top of the tree.

Vāsupūjya is the twelfth of twenty-four tīrthaṅkaras: enlightened beings who, having conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leave a path behind for others to follow. His father is Vasupūjya and his mother is Jayā according to Śvetāmbara or Vijayā according to Digambara, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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India history and geogprahy

Patala is the name of a flower (pushpa) mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D).—Patala refers to the “trumpet-flower”.

Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees, creepers medicinal and flowering plants (eg., Patala) and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Travel through the thick, high, impregnable and extensive Vindhya forest is a typical feature of many travel-stories. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Patala, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).

Source: Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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paṭala : (nt.) a covering; membrane; envelope; lining; film. || pātāla (nt.) an abyss; proclivity; the other side of the earth. pāṭala (adj.) pale-red; pink.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Pāṭala, (adj.) (cp. Class. Sk. pāṭala, to same root as palita & pāṇḍu: see Walde, Lat. Wtb. under palleo & cp. paṇḍu) pale red, pink J. IV, 114. (Page 450)

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Pātāla, (cp. Epic Sk. pātāla an underground cave) proclivity, cliff, abyss S. I, 32, 127, 197; IV, 206; Th. 1, 1104 (see Brethren 418 for fuller expln); J. III, 530 (here expld as a cliff in the ocean). (Page 452)

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Paṭala, (nt.) (connected with paṭa, cp. Sk. paṭala in meaning “section” Vedic, in all other meanings later Sk. ) 1. a covering, membrane, lining, envelope, skin, film Vism. 257 (maṃsa° of the liver, where KhA 54 reads maṃsa-piṇḍa), 359 (phaṇa°); DhsA. 307 (7 akkhi° membranes of the eye); KhA 21 (samuppaṭana), 55 (udara° mucous membrane of the stomach), 61 (id.); DhsA. 330 (id.); SnA 248 (id.); PvA. 186 (eka° upāhanā, singlelined, cp. paṭalika & palāsika & see Morris J. P. T. S. 1887, 165); Vism. 446 (kappāsa° film of cotton seed); Bdhd 66 (id.).—2. roof, ceiling PvA. 52 (ayo° of iron). ‹-› 3. a heap, mass (esp. of clouds) J. I, 73 (megha°); DhsA. 239 (abbha°).—madhu° honey comb J. I, 262; DhA. I, 59; III, 323.—4. cataract of the eye Dāvs. V, 27. (Page 391)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Marathi-English dictionary

paṭala (पटल).—n (S) A coat or an integument; a covering skin or membrane. 2 A coat of the eye. 3 A film over the eye, the web or nebula. 4 fig. A film over the understanding. In this sense mōhapaṭala or māyēcēṃ paṭala, ajñānapaṭala, andhakārapaṭala, dvaitapaṭala. 5 (In Sanskrit. Multitude, quantity, heap.) A cloud, volume, dense mass (as of dust or smoke.)

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pāṭala (पाटल).—a (S) Of a pink or pale red color. 2 A color of cows,--white mixed with red.

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pātalā (पातला).—(An old preterit of pāvaṇēṃ To attain unto. Found abundantly in poetry.) Arrived at or reached: also come upon or happened unto: also come about or taken place.

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pātaḷa (पातळ).—a ( H) Thin, not thick. 2 Thin, dilute, weak--a liquid substance. 3 Of loose texture; not closely compacted--cloth &c. 4 Rare, tenuous, not dense. 5 Not close; separated by wide intervals; thinly scattered; sparse. 6 Lean, slim, slender. 7 Faint, feeble, slight--acquaintance, affection, love, friendship.

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pātaḷa (पातळ).—n A lower garment of females.

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pātāla (पाताल).—n (S) pop. pātāḷa n Hell; the regions under the earth, and the abode of the nāga or serpents. A common term for the seven infernal regions. See saptapātāla. 2 Used fig. as per ex. ēkā upāsānēṃ ḍōḷē pātāḷānta gēlē or pōṭa pātāḷāsa gēlēṃ. pātāḷa phōḍūna or pātāḷāntūna kāḍhaṇēṃ To bring to light (some deed of darkness). 2 To make a farfetched conjecture or imagination; to draw ex imo profundo. pātāḷīṃ ghālaṇēṃ To ruin utterly.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paṭala (पटल).—n A coat; a covering skin. A cos of the eye. A film over the under- standing. A cloud, volume.

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pāṭala (पाटल).—a Of a pink colour.

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pātalā (पातला).—n Arrived at or reached.

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pātaḷa (पातळ).—a Thin Of loose texture. Rare. Lean. Faint, slight. n A lower gar- ment of females.

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pātāla (पाताल).—n pātāḷa n Hell; the regions under the earth. pātāḷa phōḍūna or pātāḷāntūna kāḍhaṇēṃ To bring to light (some deed of dark- ness). pātāḷī ghālaṇēṃ To ruin utterly.

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

Paṭala (पटल).—[paṭ veṣṭane kalac]

1) A roof, thatch; विनमितपटलान्तं दृश्यते जीर्णकुड्यम् (vinamitapaṭalāntaṃ dṛśyate jīrṇakuḍyam) Mu.3.15.

2) A cover, covering, veil, coating (in general); शिरसि मसीपटलं दधाति दीपः (śirasi masīpaṭalaṃ dadhāti dīpaḥ) Bv.1. 74.

3) A film or coating over the eyes.

4) A heap, multitude, mass, quantity; रथाङ्गपाणेः पटलेन रोचिषाम् (rathāṅgapāṇeḥ paṭalena rociṣām) Śi. 1.21; जलदपटलानि (jaladapaṭalāni) Pt.1.361; क्षौद्रपटलैः (kṣaudrapaṭalaiḥ) R.4.63; मुक्तापटलम् (muktāpaṭalam) 13.17; तारकपटल (tārakapaṭala) Gīt.7.

5) A basket.

6) Retinue, train.

7) A mark on the forehead or any other part of the body.

-laḥ, -lī 1 A tree.

2) A stalk.

3) A collection; आयुर्वायुविघट्टिताभ्रपटलीलीनाम्बुवद् भङ्गुरम् (āyurvāyuvighaṭṭitābhrapaṭalīlīnāmbuvad bhaṅguram) Bh.

-laḥ, lam A section or chapter of a book.

Derivable forms: paṭalam (पटलम्).

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Pāṭala (पाटल).—a. [paṭ ṇic kalac] Pale-red, of a pink of palered colour; अग्रे स्त्रीनखपाटलं कुरबकम् (agre strīnakhapāṭalaṃ kurabakam) V.2.7; R.1.83;2. 29;7.27; पाटलपाणिजाङ्कितमुरः (pāṭalapāṇijāṅkitamuraḥ) Gīt.12.

-laḥ The pale-red or pink colour; कपोलपाटलादेशि बभूव रघुचेष्टितम् (kapolapāṭalādeśi babhūva raghuceṣṭitam) R.4.68.

2) The trumpet-flower, Bignonia Suaveolens; पाटलसंसर्गसुरभि- वनवाताः (pāṭalasaṃsargasurabhi- vanavātāḥ) Ś.1.3.

-lam 1 The flower of this tree; R.16. 52; यत् स भग्नसहकारमासवं रक्तपाटलसमागमं पपौ (yat sa bhagnasahakāramāsavaṃ raktapāṭalasamāgamaṃ papau) 19.46.

2) A kind of rice ripening in the rains.

3) Saffron.

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Pāṭalā (पाटला).—

1) The red Lodhra.

2) The trumpet-flower (the tree or its blossom).

3) An epithet of Durgā.

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Pātāla (पाताल).—[patatyasminnadharmeṇa pat-ālañ; cf. Uṇ.1.114]

1) The last of the seven regions or worlds under the earth said to be peopled by Nāgas. the seven regions are:-- अतल, वितल, सुतल, रसातल, तलातल, महातल (atala, vitala, sutala, rasātala, talātala, mahātala) and पाताल (pātāla).

2) The lower regions or world in general; मा मेति व्याहरत्येव तस्मिन् पातालमभ्यगात् (mā meti vyāharatyeva tasmin pātālamabhyagāt) R.15.84;1.8; पातालान्न विमोचितो बत बली नीतो न मृत्युः क्षयम् (pātālānna vimocito bata balī nīto na mṛtyuḥ kṣayam) Subhāṣ.

3) An excavation, a hole.

4) Submarine fire.

5) (In astrol.) The fourth house or sign from that in which the sun is present.

-laḥ 1 A kind of instrument for distillation or the calcination and sublimation of metals.

2) Name of Jupiter's year (of 361 days).

Derivable forms: pātālam (पातालम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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