Shalu, aka: Śālū, Śālu, Śalu; 5 Definition(s)


Shalu means something in 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.

The Sanskrit terms Śālū and Śālu and Śalu can be transliterated into English as Salu or Shalu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Śalu (शलु) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.27). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Śalu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Purana book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

śālū (शालू).—m ( H) A cloth of a fine texture. It is commonly dyed red with Moringa, and used by females as lugaḍēṃ &c. 2 Trappings (of sackcloth, twine &c.) hanging from the hump of a bullock in front of his breast.

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śāḷū (शाळू).—m A variety of jōndhaḷā, Holcus saccharatum. It ripens in the cold season. As the day of that season dwindles to a few hours, śāḷū is used with certain nouns to express Fleeting, fugitive, transient, evanescent, ephemeral &c. Ex. śāḷū divasa A swiftly passing day; a brief and flitting moment; śāḷū sōbatī A companion for an hour; a thing (a pleasure, a pain, a possession) of no continuance or endurance with us; śāḷū sōbata Momentary companionship; śāḷū āyuṣya-mitra- maitrī -sampatti -aiśvarya -&c.

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śāḷū (शाळू).—f The uttering at night, in some lonely place, by an aggrieved person, of a few words of execration and menace; in order to intimidate the aggressor or others, and force him or them to render justice. v pukāra.

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sāḷū (साळू).—f (śalya S) A porcupine.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śālū (शालू).—m A cloth of a fine texture.

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śāḷū (शाळू).—m A variety of jōndhaḷā. śāḷū divasa. A brief and flitting moment. śāḷūsōbatī A companion for an hour; a thing of no continuance or endurance with us. śāḷū sōbata Momentary companionship.

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sāḷū (साळू).—f A porcupine.

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

Śālu (शालु).—[śāl-aṇ]

1) A frog.

2) A kind of perfume.

3) A kind of astringent substance.

-lu n. The root of the water-lily.

Derivable forms: śāluḥ (शालुः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śālu (शालु).—m.

(-luḥ) 1. An astringent substance. 2. A sort of perfume, commonly called Chor. 3. A frog. n. (-lu) The root of the water-lily. E. śṝ to hurt, u aff., and ra changed to la; or śāl-uṇ .

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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