Pranala, aka: Praṇāla, Prānāla; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Praṇāla (प्रणाल).—(also praṇālaka)—the water-vent on the pīṭha of an image; facing the North.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 262, 5 and 16.
(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.

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Praṇāla (प्रणाल) means “water drain” and refers to a channel built into a sanctum for the purpose of draining oblation water and rainwater. It is also known as Somasūtra, Nāla, Vyālavāri or Nirmālyadvāra. According to the Kāraṇāgama, it may be constructed preferably with stone, or optionally with wood and brick.

There are four different kind of praṇālas defined for the four different castes:

  1. Brāmaṇa: govaktra (or gomukha),
  2. Kṣatriya: siṃhavaktra,
  3. Vaiśya: gajavaktra (or gajoṣṭa),
  4. Śūdra: makaravaktra.

The praṇālas are also categorised based on the materials being used:

  1. sañcita (hard material such as stone; masculine class),
  2. asañcita (soft material such as wood and brick; feminine class),
  3. upasañcita (soft material such as wood and brick; neuter class).
(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Praṇāla (प्रणाल).—Water drains, water chutes at required places, which are sometimes conventional or artistically decorated, are found fixed into the parapet wherever necessary to allow the rain water to drain out.

(Source): Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

India history and geogprahy

1) Praṇāla is the name of a kingdom (viṣaya), of Praṇālaka is the capital-country, according to the “Panhāle plates of Vikramāditya”. Accordingly, “His offspring, Vikramādityadeva obtained the kingdom of Praṇāla, though there were other sons of (his father ). Though there were (numerous) jewels of the milk-ocean, only one of them, the Kaustubha, became the companion of Śrī (the goddess of fortune), (when she was churned out of the ocean)”.

2) Prānāla is the name of a village mentioned in the “British museum stone inscription of the reign of Haripāladeva”. Dikṣit identified Prānāla (which he read as Praṇāla ) with the fort of Panhāḷā in the Kolhāpur District, and Tulpule with Panvel in the Kolābā District. Both the identifications appear unlikely; for stone inscriptions are not generally transported far from their original places, and Mallikārjuna is not known to have extended his sway to the Kolhāpur reigion.

(Source): What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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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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