Saptapatala, aka: Saptapātāla, Sapta-patala, Saptan-patala; 3 Definition(s)
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Saptapātāla (सप्तपाताल) or simply Pātāla refers to the “seven lower regions” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 123):
- dharaṇitala (the plains of the earth),
- acala (the mountain),
- mahācala (the great mountain),
- āpa (the water realm),
- kāñcana (the golden realm),
- sañjīva (the reviving hell),
- naraka (hell).
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., sapta-pātāla). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
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.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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