Shivalaya, Śivālaya, Shiva-alaya: 11 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Śivālaya can be transliterated into English as Sivalaya or Shivalaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Shivalay.
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
1) Śivālaya (शिवालय) is the name of a region situated in the Jñānakailāsa, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.17. Accordingly, “[...] there in the Jñānakailāsa that has five coverings, the primary phallic from of Śiva is stationed in the company of primary energy of Śiva. It has five zones and five Brahmakalās. This is called the abode of Śiva, Śivālaya, the supreme Ātman. There alone stays Parameśvara in the company of Parāśakti. He is skilled in the performance of the five functions of creation, maintenance evanescence and blessing. His body is Existence, Knowledge and Bliss [...]”.
2) Śivālaya (शिवालय) refers to the “temple of Śiva ”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] after performing the purificatory rite of the Bhūtas [viz., bhūtaśuddhi], the installation of the idol (prāṇapratiṣṭhā) shall be performed. If the worship is performed in the temple of Śiva (śivālaya), the guardians of the quarters (dikpāla) shall be installed and worshipped. [...]”.
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.
Vastushastra (architecture)Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama
Śivālaya (शिवालय) refers to “sanctuary of Śiva §§ 4.2; 5.1.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
śivālaya (शिवालय).—n (S) Any temple dedicated to Shiva. 2 A place where the dead are buried or burned. Such places are sacred to Shiva.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Śiva's abode.
2) the red basil. (-yam) 1 a temple of Śiva.
2) a cemetery.
Derivable forms: śivālayaḥ (शिवालयः).
Śivālaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and ālaya (आलय).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-yaḥ) Red Tulaśi or basil. n.
(-yaṃ) 1. A cemetery or place where dead bodies are burnt or buried. 2. Any temple dedicated to Siva. E. śiva Siva, and ālaya abode.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śivālaya (शिवालय).—[masculine] Śiva’s abode (a temple or mount Kailāsa).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Śivālaya (शिवालय):—[from śiva] m. ‘Ś°’s abode’, Kailāsa, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]
2) [v.s. ...] ([according to] to some also n.) any temple or shrine dedicated to Ś° (generally containing a Liṅga), [Kathāsaritsāgara]
3) [v.s. ...] a cemetery, place where dead bodies are burnt, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
4) [v.s. ...] Name of a place, [Catalogue(s)]
5) [v.s. ...] red Tulasī or basil, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śivālaya (शिवालय):—[śivā+laya] (yaḥ) 1. m. Red tulasi or basil. n. A cemetery; temple of Shiva.
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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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Śivālaya (शिवालय) [Also spelled shivalay]:—(nm) a temple of Shiv.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
Śivālaya (ಶಿವಾಲಯ):—[noun] a Śiva temple.
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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Search found 3 books and stories containing Shivalaya, Śivālaya, Sivalaya, Shiva-alaya, Śiva-ālaya, Siva-alaya; (plurals include: Shivalayas, Śivālayas, Sivalayas, alayas, ālayas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 33 - Origin and glory of the Jyolirliṅga Ghuśmeśvara < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 1 - The greatness of Jyotirliṅgas and their Upaliṅgas < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 35 - Śiva-sahasranāma: the thousand names of Śiva < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 226 - The Greatness of Vimaleśvara (vimala-īśvara-tīrtha) < [Section 3 - Revā-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 142 - Greatness of the Trio of Gaṇapatis < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 47 - The Genesis of the Name Viśālā < [Section 1 - Avantīkṣetra-māhātmya]
Preceptors of Advaita (by T. M. P. Mahadevan)