Saptapatala, Saptapātāla, Sapta-patala, Saptan-patala: 6 definitions


Saptapatala means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल) refers to the “seven underworlds”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Oṃ eat eat to the hanging garland of greasy bloody entrails, to Surābhakṣī Hūṃ Phaṭ Svāhā! Oṃ seize seize the snake or serpent come forth from the seven underworlds [e.g., saptapātāla] Hūṃ Phaṭ Svāhā”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Saptapatala in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल) or simply Pātāla refers to the “seven lower regions” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 123):

  1. dharaṇitala (the plains of the earth),
  2. acala (the mountain),
  3. mahācala (the great mountain),
  4. āpa (the water realm),
  5. kāñcana (the golden realm),
  6. sañjīva (the reviving hell),
  7. naraka (hell).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., sapta-pātāla). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saptapatala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल).—n (S) pop. saptapātāḷēṃ n pl The seven hells or divisions of the infernal regions; viz. atala, vitala, sutala, mahātala, rasātala, talātala, pā- tāla. sapta pātāḷīṃ ghālaṇēṃ -paḍaṇēṃ -jāṇēṃ and similar phrases.

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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

[«previous next»] — Saptapatala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल).—the seven regions of the earth (i. e. atala, vitala, sutala, mahātala, rasātala, talātala and pātāla).

Derivable forms: saptapātālam (सप्तपातालम्).

Saptapātāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saptan and pātāla (पाताल).

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

Saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल):—[=sapta-pātāla] [from sapta > saptan] n. the 7 Pātālas or regions under the earth (viz. atala, vit, sut, rasāt, talāt, mahāt and pātāla, [Religious Thought and Life in India 102]), [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saptapatala in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Saptapātāla (ಸಪ್ತಪಾತಾಲ):—[noun] (used in pl. with -ಗಳು [galu]) (myth.) the seven nether worlds - Araḷa, Vitaḷa, Talātala, Rasātala, Mahātala and Pātāḷa.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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