Shilada, Śilāda: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śilāda can be transliterated into English as Silada or Shilada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Google Books: Know the Puranas

Śilāda (शिलाद), a great sage did penance to get an immortal son and Indra appeared before him but said that granting of an immortal son was not in his power. He was asked tyo pray to Śiva. Śilāda did a very difficult penance for very long and hgis whole flesh had been eaten away by termites. Virtually there was nothing out in his body. Finally Śiva appeared and said that he himself would be born as his son. He also brought him to normal health by his toch. Śilāda performed a Yajña, out of which came a puruṣa with three eyes and four arms and he was named Nandi. When Śilāda returned home, the body became a normal one and within eight years he had learnt the whole Vedas. One day Mitra and Varuṇa came to the hermitage, saw the boy and declared that the boy would die at eight year. The father was grief stricken. Nandi consoled his father and started to pray to Śiva and Śiva blessed him that he would always be with him and was made leader of the gaṇas.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Śilāda (शिलाद) is the name of a Brāhmaṇa mentioned in the Bhūteśvaramāhātmya, which is  embedded in the Nīlamata-purāṇa.—Gonanda’s inquiry about the sacred places of Kaśmīra lead to Bṛhadaśva’s reply referring to various places dedicated to Śiva and other deities. Two names, Bhūteśvara and Kapaṭeśvara, raise Gonanda’s curiosity which, leads Bṛhadaśva to relate Bhūteśvara Māhātmya containing the story of a Brāhmaṇa Śilāda and his son Nandī and Kapaṭeśvara Māhātmya explaining the name of Śiva who appeared before the sages in the guise of logs of wood.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Śilāda (शिलाद) is the father of Nandin (Nandīśvara), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.26. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Thus Śiva’s attendants were cursed by Dakṣa. On hearing that, Nandin the favourite of Śiva became furious. Nandin, the brilliant son of Śilāda and favourite of Śiva, spoke immediately to Dakṣa who was excessively roguish and haughty”.

2) Śilāda (शिलाद) is the name of an ancient Sage (Muni), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.39 (“The gods arrive at Kailāsa”).—Accordingly: “[...] Lord Śiva thus requested by Viṣṇu, and being himself eager to follow worldly conventions performed the same duly. Authorised by Him, I performed all the rites conducive to prosperity, assisted by the sages. The sages [e.g., Śilāda, ...], and other sages came to Śiva. Urged by me they performed the sacred rites duly. All of them who had mastered the Vedas and Vedāṅgas performed the safety rites for Śiva and tied the auspicious thread round his wrist. [...]”.

Source: sarasvatam: Adhikāra Nandi – legends and iconography

Śilāda (शिलाद).—The following story is found in Skānda purāṇa. There was a sage Śīlāda Maharṣi, son of Śālaṅkāyana. He was eating śilās (stones) so he was called as Śilāda. He made a tough penance towards my Father to get a son since his forefathers were in hell. My Father pleased by penance, told him that he will get a son but not from the womb of a lady. While digging stones he found a child who was calling him as “Father, Father”. (Liṅga and Nīlamata Purāṇas tell that he was found in the Sītā (way paved by the plough) Vāyudeva gave the child to him saying that he will be his son. He gave the name “Nandi” since he made him happy (Nandikara). He taught him Vedas, Dhanurveda, Āyurveda and Gāndharva veda.


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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śilāda (शिलाद):—[from śila > sil] m. ‘eating ears of corn’, Name of a man, [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German]

Shilada 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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