Picchala, Picchalā, Picchile: 15 definitions


Picchala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Pichchhala.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Picchala (पिच्छल, “cloudy”).—One of the twenty Gurvādiguṇa, or, ‘ten opposing pairs of qualities of drugs’.—Picchala is the characteristic of a drug referring to the ‘murkiness’, while its opposing quality, Viśada, refers to its ‘shininess’. It is a Sanskrit technical term from Āyurveda (Indian medicine) and used in literature such the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

The quality of Picchala, present in drugs and herbs, increases the Kapha (bodily fluids, or ‘phlegm’). It exhibits a predominant presence of the elements Water (ap).

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Picchala (पिच्छल).—A serpent born in the family of Vāsuki. This serpent was burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 6, Chapter 57, Ādi Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Picchalā (पिच्छला).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 11.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Picchalā (पिच्छला) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Picchalā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Picchalā (पिच्छला) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Picchalā]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Picchala (पिच्छल).—a. Slimy, slippery; जलनीलीमिलत्पङ्कपिच्छलोपत्यकातलात् (jalanīlīmilatpaṅkapicchalopatyakātalāt) Śiva B.26.52; पिच्छलमार्द्रमिव च सूक्ष्ममृदु च श्रेष्ठम् (picchalamārdramiva ca sūkṣmamṛdu ca śreṣṭham) Kau. A.2.11.29.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Picchala (पिच्छल).—f.

(-lā) Slimy, slippery.

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

Picchala (पिच्छल).—[adjective] slimy, slippery.

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

1) Picchala (पिच्छल):—[from pich] mfn. slimy, slippery, smeary, [Mahābhārata; Kādambarī] ([varia lectio] picchila)

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Nāga of the race of Vāsuki, [Mahābhārata]

3) Picchalā (पिच्छला):—[from picchala > pich] f. Name of sub voce plants (Dalbergia Sissoo, Bombax Heptaphyllum etc.), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a river, [Mahābhārata] ([varia lectio] pitchilā).

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Picchala (पिच्छल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Picchala.

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Picchala in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Picchala (पिच्छल) [Also spelled pichchhal]:—(a) slippery, slipperily smooth.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Picchala (पिच्छल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Picchala.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Picchala (ಪಿಚ್ಛಲ):—

1) [adjective] causing or liable to cause sliding or slipping, as a wet, waxed or greasy surface; slippery.

2) [adjective] curdled; clotted; coagulated.

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Picchala (ಪಿಚ್ಛಲ):—[noun] muddy water.

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Picchile (ಪಿಚ್ಛಿಲೆ):—

1) [noun] the tree Bombax heptaphyllum of Bombacaceae family; silk-cotton tree.

2) [noun] the tree Dalbergia sissoo (=D. sissosa, = D. sissu) of Papilionaceae family.

3) [noun] the tree Cordia latifolia, of Boraginaceae faily.

4) [noun] the tree Tamarix indica ( = T. troupii, = T. gallica) of Tamariaceaceae family.

5) [noun] the plant Basella rubra of Basellaceae family.

6) [noun] the thick liquid strained from the boiling rice.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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