Shivalila, Śivalīlā, Shiva-lila: 1 definition

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Shivalila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 term Śivalīlā can be transliterated into English as Sivalila or Shivalila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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[«previous next»] — Shivalila in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śivalīlā (शिवलीला) refers to “Śiva’s divine sport”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.4.—Accordingly, as Umā (Durgā/Satī) spoke to the Gods:—“[...] Just as you, Rudra too, desires my incarnation in the abode of Himavat. Hence I shall incarnate. That shall be the end of misery in the world. All of you return to your abodes. You shall be happy for a long time. After incarnating I shall give Menā full happiness. I shall become Śiva’s wife. But this desire is a great secret with me. Śiva’s divine sport [i.e., śivalīlā] is wonderful. It deludes even the wise. [...]”.

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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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