Pilu, aka: Pīlu; 9 Definition(s)


Pilu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Pīlu (पीलु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VIII.30.24) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pīlu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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)

Pīlu (पीलु) 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. Pīlu) 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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Pīlu (पीलु) is the name in the Atharvaveda of a tree (Careya arborea or Salvadora persica) on the fruit of which doves fed.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

India history and geogprahy

Pīlu.—(IE 8-3), Indian form of Arabic-Persian fīl, an ele- phant. Note: pīlu is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

piḷū (पिळू).—f R (Or pēḷū) A rude twist or roll with the hand of cocoanut-fibres or cotton.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

piḷū (पिळू).—f A rude twist or roll with the hand of cocoanut-fibres or cotton.

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

Pilu (पिलु).—See पीलु (pīlu).

Derivable forms: piluḥ (पिलुः).

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Pīlu (पीलु).—[pīl-u]

1) An arrow.

2) An atom; प्रत्यक्षं न पुनाति नापहरते पापानि पीलुच्छटा (pratyakṣaṃ na punāti nāpaharate pāpāni pīlucchaṭā) Viś. Guṇa.552.

3) An insect.

4) An elephant.

5) The stem of the palm.

6) A flower.

7) A group of palm trees; Mb.7.178.24.

8) A kind of tree.

9) A heap of bones.

1) The central part of the hand.

-lu n. The fruit of the Pīlu tree.

Derivable forms: pīluḥ (पीलुः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pīlu (पीलु).—n. of a piśāca: Mmk 18.5; piśāco pīlu-nāmataḥ Mmk 611.19 (verse).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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