Pipilika, Pipīlikā, Pipīlika: 24 definitions


Pipilika means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, Tamil. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

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.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका) refers to “ants”, as taught in the Ceṣṭita (“symptoms of snake-bites”) section of the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Agadatantra or Sarpavidyā).—Thirst, itching sensation, a feeling of ants running over the body (pipīlikā-sparśin), anguish are the symptoms for poisonous snake-bite and the absence of all these is the bite which is non-venomous.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Pipilikā (पिपिलिका):—[pipilikāḥ] Type of insect which means ants. Bite causes inflammatory swelling and burning sensation at the seat of bite resembling those produced contact with fire.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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

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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक, “ant”) represents an incarnation destination of the tiryaggati (animal realm) according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—The Bodhisattva sees the animals (tiryak) undergoing all the torments: they are made to gallop by blows of the whip or stick; they are made to make long journeys carrying burdens; their harness is damaged; they are branded with hot iron. If delusion (moha) is abundant, they [people] are reborn as [for example] an ant (pipīlika).

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका) refers to “ants” (responsible for crop-destruction, etc.), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [As the Bhagavān teaches a pacification ritual]: “[...] All stinging insects, mosquitos, ants (pipīlikā), flying insects, bees, quivering bees, bumble bees, worms, ones with a sting, vātālikas, owls, mice, long-mouthed ones and so on and various sorts of pests perish. They will not appear. They will be destroyed. All crows, large birds, sparrows, cañcaṭikas, pigeons, surikas, owls, wagtails, parrots, mynas and so on perish. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक) refers to “ants”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Charity (is) cow dung and water united, moral conduct and cleansing, Patience, taking away tiny ants (kṣudra-pipīlika-apanayana), heroism, bringing forth the religious rite. Meditation, single-minded in each moment, wisdom, splendidly clear lines, These perfections, six indeed are gained, having made the Muni’s maṇḍala”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pipīlikā : (f.) an ant.

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

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)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pipīlikā (पिपीलिका).—f S An ant of the common small red kind.

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

pipīlikā (पिपीलिका).—f An ant of the common small red kind.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक).—An ant .

-kam A kind of gold (said to be collected by ants); तद् वै पिपीलिकं नाम उद्धृतं यत् पिपीलकैः । जातरूपं द्रोणमेयमहार्षुः पुञ्जशो नृपाः (tad vai pipīlikaṃ nāma uddhṛtaṃ yat pipīlakaiḥ | jātarūpaṃ droṇameyamahārṣuḥ puñjaśo nṛpāḥ) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 2.52.4.

Derivable forms: pipīlikaḥ (पिपीलिकः).

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Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका).—A female ant; मणिमयमन्दिरमध्ये पश्यति पिपीलिका छिद्रम् (maṇimayamandiramadhye paśyati pipīlikā chidram).

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

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक).—m.

(-kaḥ) An ant. n. (kaṃ) A kind of gold.

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

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक).—i. e. pipīla + ika, I. m. An ant, Mahābhārata 2, 1860. Ii. n. Gold carried by ants, Mahābhārata 2, 1860 (cf. Herod. iii. 102).

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

Pipīlika (पिपीलिक).—[masculine] the same.

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

1) Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका):—[from pipīlaka > pipīla] a f. See sub voce

2) Pipīlika (पिपीलिक):—[from pipīla] m. an ant, [Adbhuta-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] n. a kind of gold supposed to be collected by ants, [Mahābhārata ii, 1860.]

4) Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका):—[from pipīla] b f. the common small red ant or a female ant, [Atharva-veda]; etc.

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

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pipīliā, Pipīlikā.

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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

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका):—(nf) an ant.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Pipīlikā (पिपीलिका) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Pipīlikā.

Pipīlikā has the following synonyms: Pipīliā.

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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

Pipīlika (ಪಿಪೀಲಿಕ):—

1) [noun] a female ant.

2) [noun] gold, which the ants are believed to collect and deposit at a place.

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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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Tamil dictionary

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Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Pipīlikā (பிபீலிகா) noun See பிபீலிகை. ((சங்கத்தகராதி) தமிழ்சொல்லகராதி) [pipiligai. ((sangathagarathi) thamizhsollagarathi)]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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