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Pipīlikā, aka: Pipilika; 5 Definition(s)


Pipīlikā means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Pipīlikā can be transliterated into English as Pipilika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका):—Sanskrit name of one of the thirty-two female deities of the Somamaṇḍala (second maṇḍala of the Khecarīcakra) according to the kubjikāmata-tantra. These goddesses are situated on a ring of sixteen petals and represent the thirty-two syllables of the Aghoramantra. Each deity (including Pipīlikā) is small, plump and large-bellied. They can assume any form at will, have sixteen arms each, and are all mounted on a different animal.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.


Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका).—The love quarrels between two ants, husband and wife, the husband having given pieces of modaka to some other she ant, the wife ant resented, the husband repented and promised to behave better in future;1 marching north they forebode evil.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 20. 39.
  • 2) Ib. 238. 7.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका) in the Atharvaveda and later denotes an ‘ant’, the form of the word referring doubtless not so much to the small species of ant, as it is taken in the later lexicons, but rather to the insect’s tiny size, which would naturally be expressed by a diminutive formation of the name. The form Pipīlaka is found in the Chāndogya-upaniṣad.

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

In Buddhism


Pipīlikā, (f.) & pipillika (cp. Vedic pipīlikā, pipīlaka & pipīlika; BSk. pipīlaka AvŚ II. 130 (kunta°). See also kipillikā) ant J. III, 276 (BB kipillikā); Sdhp. 23; as pipillikā at J. I, 202. (Page 459)

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

pipīlikā : (f.) an ant.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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