Rudralaya, Rudra-alaya, Rudrālaya: 2 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rudralaya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Rudrālaya (रुद्रालय) refers to “temples of Rudra”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.1 (“Description of Tripura—the three cities).—Accordingly, after Maya built the three cities: “[...] Entering the three cities thus, the sons of Tāraka, of great strength and valour experienced all enjoyments. [...] There were many palaces, divine minarets resembling the summits of the mount Kailāsa. Celestial damsels, Gandharvas, Siddhas, and Cāraṇas were also there. There were temples of Rudra (rudrālaya). In every house, people performed the rites of Agnihotra. There were excellent brahmins well-versed in sacred texts and devoted to Śiva always. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Rudrālaya (रुद्रालय).—Is Rudraloka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 34. 3.
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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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