Saivala, aka: Śaivala, Shaivala, Saivāla, Śaivāla, Śāivāla; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śaivala and Śaivāla and Śāivāla can be transliterated into English as Saivala or Shaivala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śāivāla (शाइवाल).—A town in India. There is a reference to it in Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 52, Verse 18.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Saivāla (सैवाल).—A Kulaparvata of Bhadrāśva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 14.

1b) A Janapada of the Bhadrā country.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 21.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Śaivala (शैवल) was the son of Amṛtā (aunt of the Buddha), as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39. Śaivala [in Sanskrit], Sivali in Pāli, was proclaimed by the Buddha (Anguttara, I, p. 24) to be the foremost of those who receive and his generosity equaled his wealth.

Note: According to the Pāli sources (Udāna, commentary on Anguttara, Dahammapada and Jātaka), Sīvali was the son of Suppavāsā, princess of the Koliyas, who carried him in her womb for seven years. At his birth, the baby was able to speak. Sāriputta spoke with him and, with the approval of his mother, proceeded to ordain him. During the ceremony of his tonsure at each snip of the scissors, the child attained a new fruit of the religious life, becoming successively Srotaāpanna, Sakṛdāgāmin, Anāgāmin and finally Arhat.

Śaivala (in Pāli, Sīvali) is mentioned in the Śaivalajātaka, according to chapter L: “thus Che-p’o-lo (Śaivala), enjoyed happiness from lifetime to lifetime and became an Arhat for having offered a bottle of cream to the saṃgha: he is foremost among those who have found happiness”.

Notes: The Ekottara places Śaivala among the physically and mentally happy men, always availing themselves of the four pūjāpariṣkāra,—clothing, food, drink, bed and seat, medicine—and never falling into the three bad destinies. The Mahāvibhāṣā stresses his precocity during his successive lifetimes: as soon as he came into the world, he asked his parents if there was anything to give as alms.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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śaivala (शैवल) [or शैवाल, śaivāla].—m n S See the derivative śēvāḷa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Śaivala (शैवल).—[śī-valac Uṇ.4.38] A kind of aquatic plant, moss; सरसिजमनुविद्धं शैवलेनापि रम्यम् (sarasijamanuviddhaṃ śaivalenāpi ramyam) Ś.1.2; न षट्पदश्रेणिभि- रेव पङ्कजं सशैवलासंगमपि प्रकाशते (na ṣaṭpadaśreṇibhi- reva paṅkajaṃ saśaivalāsaṃgamapi prakāśate) Ku.5.9.

-lam A kind of fragrant wood.

Derivable forms: śaivalaḥ (शैवलः).

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Śaivāla (शैवाल).—See शैवल (śaivala).

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Saivāla (सैवाल).—See शेवाल (śevāla).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śaivala (शैवल).—(1) n. of a nāga king: Māy 247.30; (2) n. of a Buddhist elder: MSV i.191.1 ff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śaivala (शैवल).—m.

(-laḥ) An aquatie plant, moss. n.

(-laṃ) A drug, commonly termed Padma-kat'h. E. śī to sleep, (on the water,) valañ aff.; also śaivāla śevāla, &c.

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Śaivāla (शैवाल).—m.

(-laḥ) An aquatic plant, (Vallisneria octandra.) E. śī to sleep, (on the water,) vālañ aff., śevāla and aṇ pleonasm.

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Saivāla (सैवाल).—n.

(-laṃ) Name of an aquatic plant: see śaivāla .

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