Sambhala, Shambhala, Sambhāla, Sambhāḷa: 11 definitions

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Sambhala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Sambhāḷa can be transliterated into English as Sambhala or Sambhalia, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sambhala (सम्भल).—(ŚABHALA, ŚĀMBHALA). A village famed in the Purāṇas. According to Mahābhārata Mahāviṣṇu will incarnate as Kalki in this village. (For details see under Kalki).

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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

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Shambala Publications: General

Shambhala (Śambhala), Skt.; name of a mythical kingdom, the geographical location of which is uncertain, but which according to legend lies northeast of India. It is considered the place of origin of the Kālachakra teachings and, with all its associations as a “source of auspiciousness,” plays a central role in Tibetan Buddhism. A key part of the myth is that the savior of humanity will come out of Shambhala at a time when the world is dominated by war and destruction.

The various speculations concerning the precise location of Shambhala range from areas of Central Asia to China and the North Pole. The importance of this kingdom has less to do with the possibility of locating it precisely than with the spiritual quality that is associated with it. The Tibetan tradition includes Shambhala among the “hidden valleys,” certain places that become accessible at times of urgent need.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Saṃbhāla.—(LP), care, protection; cf. Gujarātī saṃbal. Note: saṃbhāla is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sambhāḷa (संभाळ).—m (sambhāra S) Supporting, cherishing, maintaining, upholding, sustaining, lit. fig. sambhāḷīṃ karaṇēṃ g. of o. To commit to the keeping and care of.

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sāmbhāḷa (सांभाळ).—& sāmbhāḷaṇēṃ Better sambhāḷa & sambhāḷaṇēṃ.

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

sambhāḷa (संभाळ).—m Supporting, cherishing.

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sāmbhāḷa (सांभाळ).—

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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Saṃbhala (संभल).—[masculine] match-maker (who brings together).

2) Śambhala (शम्भल).—[masculine] [Name] of a place; [feminine] ī bawd, procuress.

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

1) Sambhala (सम्भल):—[=sam-bhala] m. ([probably] originally = sam-bhara; often [varia lectio] for śambhala q.v.) ‘one who brings together’, a match-maker, [Atharva-veda; Kauśika-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] a suitor, wooer, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] a procurer, [ib.]

4) Sāmbhala (साम्भल):—mfn. bred in Sam-bhala (as a horse), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Śambhala (शम्भल):—m. (also written sambhala) Name of a town (situated between the Rathaprā and Ganges, and identified by some with Sambhal in Moradābād; the town or district of Śambhala is fabled to be the place where Kalki, the last incarnation of Viṣṇu, is to appear in the family of a Brāhman named Viṣṇu-yaśas), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]

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

Saṃbhāla (संभाल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Saṃbhāla.

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Sambhala in German

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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

Saṃbhāla (संभाल):—(nf) care-taking, upkeeping, maintenance; being in senses.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Saṃbhala (संभल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Saṃsmṛ.

2) Saṃbhala (संभल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Saṃbhal.

3) Saṃbhāla (संभाल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Saṃbhāla.

4) Saṃbhāla (संभाल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Saṃbhāla.

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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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