Shalabhanjika, Śālabhañjikā, Shala-bhanjika: 12 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śālabhañjikā can be transliterated into English as Salabhanjika or Shalabhanjika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका) refers to a “wonderfully fine statuette”, which is mentioned as an item of wealth in order to demonstrate the wicked nature of gambling (durodara), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17.—Accordingly, “[...] O mistress! where is that gambling rogue of a son, Guṇanidhi? Or let it be. Why should I ask for him? [...] Where is that wonderfully fine statuette (śālabhañjikā) of a lady lighting a lamp, shining like the moon (candrakānti), and brought from the hilly province (parvatadeśīya)? [...]”.

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Shalabhanjika in Chandas glossary
Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

1) Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका) (also called Pathyā) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Pathyā (Śālabhañjikā) has 20 mātrās in each of its four lines, divided into the groups of 4, 4, 4, 5 and [IS] mātrās.

2) Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका) refers to another catuṣpadi metre, having 24 mātrās in each of its four lines, divided into the groups of 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 3 and 3 mātrās.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका) refers to a type of (sculptured) women used in decorating the samavasaraṇa of ancient India, according to Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—Page 96.27-33 and p. 97.1-24: Here is a description of samavasaraṇa consisting of enclosures, gateways, beautified by figures of Śālabhañjikā women and in the centre of all was placed on a high terrain the throne of the Tīrthaṃkara furnished with three parasols, fly-whisks, a rain of heavenly flowers, an aśoka tree and halo.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका).—

1) a doll, puppet, statue; Vb.1; N.2.83; रचिता तोरणशालभञ्जिकेव (racitā toraṇaśālabhañjikeva) Bu. Ch.5.52.

2) a courtezan, harlot.

Śālabhañjikā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śāla and bhañjikā (भञ्जिका).

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

Sālabhañjikā (सालभञ्जिका) or Sālabhañjaka.—(1) m. or nt., breaking of the sāl-branch, said of the Bodhisattva's mother in giving birth to him: °kaṃ ca kariṣyati Mahāvastu ii.18.9 (prose); (2) f., breaking of sāl-branches, name of a festival: Avadāna-śataka i.302.6, see s.v. parvan.

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

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. A doll, a puppet. 2. A whore, a harlot. E. kan added to the following.

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Sālabhañjikā (सालभञ्जिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. A doll, a puppet. 2. A harlot. E. sāla the Sal tree or its wood, bhañj to rub, ṇvul aff., fem. form.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sālabhañjikā (सालभञ्जिका).—[sāla-bhañj + ikā], f. A doll, a puppet.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका).—[feminine] statue.

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

1) Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका):—[=śāla-bhañjikā] [from śāla] f. an image or figure made of Śāl wood, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) [v.s. ...] a kind of game played in the east of India, [Uṇādi-sūtra ii, 32 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

3) [v.s. ...] a harlot, courtezan, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका):—[śāla-bhañjikā] (kā) 1. f. A doll; a whore.

2) Sālabhañjikā (सालभञ्जिका):—[sāla-bhañjikā] (kā) 1. f. A doll, a puppet.

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

Śālabhañjikā (शालभञ्जिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Sālahaṃjiyā, Sālahaṃjī.

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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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