Prabala, Prabāla: 10 definitions


Prabala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Prabala (प्रबल).—An attendent of Hari; attacked the Asura followers of Bali.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 9. 14; VIII. 21. 16.

1b) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Mādrī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 15.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Prabala (प्रबल) is the name of a Daitya who was reborn as Prabhāsa: minister of Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, as Kaśyapa said to Maya, Sunītha and Sūryaprabha: “... and the other Asuras, who were your companions, have been born as his friends; for instance,... his minister Prabhāsa is an incarnation of a Daitya named Prabala. He was a great-hearted Daitya, with a frame composed of jewels, who, when asked by the gods, though they were his enemies, hewed his body to pieces, and so passed into another state of existence, and from that body of his all the jewels in the world have originated. The goddess Durgā was so pleased at that that she granted him a boon, accompanied by another body, by virtue of which he has now been born as Prabhāsa, mighty, and hard to be overcome by his enemies”.

According to chapter 46, Prabala is the incarnation of Namuci who was slain by Indra: “then he [Namuci] was again conceived in her [Danu’s] womb, and born as an Asura composed all of jewels, named Prabala on account of his strength. Then he performed asceticism, and satisfying suppliants even with his life, became successful, and as Prince of the Dānavas conquered Indra a hundred times”.

The story of Prabala was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Prabala, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Prabāla (प्रबाल) refers to a “young leaf” of a tree or plant, as mentioned in a list of four synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Prabāla] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prabala (प्रबल).—a S pop. prabaḷa a Powerful, mighty, strong.

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

prabala (प्रबल).—a prabaḷa a Powerful, mighty.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prabala (प्रबल).—a.

1) Very stong or powerful, mighty, valorous (as a man); प्रणाशनाय प्रबलस्य विद्विषः (praṇāśanāya prabalasya vidviṣaḥ) R.3.6; Ṛs.3.23.

2) Violent, strong, intense, excessive, very great; प्रबलतमसामेवंप्रायाः शुभेषु हि वृत्तयः (prabalatamasāmevaṃprāyāḥ śubheṣu hi vṛttayaḥ) Ś.7.24; प्रबलपुरोवातया वृष्ट्या (prabalapurovātayā vṛṣṭyā) M.4.2; प्रबलां वेदनाम् (prabalāṃ vedanām) R.8.5; अबला यत्र प्रबला, बालो राजा, निरक्षरो मन्त्री (abalā yatra prabalā, bālo rājā, nirakṣaro mantrī) Udb.; Śivamahimna 3.

3) Important.

4) Abounding with.

5) Dangerous, destructive.

-laḥ 1 Name of a Daitya.

2) A sprout (pallava).

-lam ind. Exceedingly, much.

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Prabāla (प्रबाल).—1 A sprout, shoot, new leaf; अपि (api)......प्रवालमासामनुबन्धि वीरुधाम् (pravālamāsāmanubandhi vīrudhām) Ku.5.34;1.44;3.8; R.6.12;13.49.

2) Coral; शुद्धं दृढं घनं वृत्तं स्निग्धं पात्र- सुरङ्गकम् । समं गुरु सिराहीनं प्रबालं धारयेच्छुभम् (śuddhaṃ dṛḍhaṃ ghanaṃ vṛttaṃ snigdhaṃ pātra- suraṅgakam | samaṃ guru sirāhīnaṃ prabālaṃ dhārayecchubham) || Rājanighaṇṭu.

3) The neck of the Indian lute.

-laḥ 1 A pupil.

2) An animal.

Derivable forms: prabālaḥ (प्रबालः), prabālam (प्रबालम्).

See also (synonyms): pravāla.

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

Prabala (प्रबल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Strong, powerful. 2. Important. 3. Violent. 4. Dangerous. m.

(-laḥ) A sprout, a shoot. E. pra before, bal to be strong, aff. ac .

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Prabāla (प्रबाल).—mn.

(-laḥ-laṃ) 1. Coral. 2. A shoot, a sprout, a new leaf. 3. The neck of a lute, m.

(-laḥ) 1. An animal. 2. A pupil. E. pra before, bala to be strong, and aff. ghañ; also prabālaka .

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

Prabala (प्रबल).—[pra-bala], I. adj., f. . 1. Prevailing, [Hiḍimbavadha] 4, 46; strong, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 1, 24; powerful. 2. Violent, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 81. 3. Much, Rājat, 5, 68. Ii. m. A sprout.

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Prabāla (प्रबाल).—[pra-bāla], m. and n. 1. Coral, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 49, 4. 2. A sprout, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 4, 25, 18. 3. A new leaf. 4. The bridge of a lute, through which the strings are drawn.

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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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