Sutala, aka: Sutāla, Su-tala; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the Hands of The Seven Lower Worlds.—Sutala: the Patāka hand twisted downwards is applicable.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Sutala (सुतल).—A part of Pātāla (netherworld). (See under Pātāla).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sutala (सुतल).—An under world and the residence of Bali: represents the two knees of the Lord;1 Built by Viśvakarman. Bali was sent to this as punishment but was pleased with it: the great cave which Bali and Prahlāda entered;2 reached by Kṛṣṇa and Rāma to recover their brothers killed by Kaṃsa; Bali then as Indrasena welcomed them;3 Pātālam, assigned to Bali by Vāmana.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 27; 5. 40; V. 24. 7 & 18; VIII. 13. 14.
  • 2) Ib. VIII. 22. 32; 23. 3 & 9, 11-12.
  • 3) Ib. X. 85. 34-38.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 246, 69, 75-9; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 5. 2-3.

1b) The second world of white soil: residence of Brahmanas;1 here is the town of Mahājambha and other Asuras and Nāgas.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 11, 14, 25; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 11, and 13.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 20-25.

2) Sutāla (सुताल).—A ṛtvik at the Yāga of Brahmā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 106. 36.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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

sutala (सुतल).—n (S) pop. sutaḷa n A division of the infernal regions,--the third of the seven.

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sutāḷa (सुताळ).—f A kind of rice.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sutaḷa (सुतळ) [-ḷī, -ळी].—f Twine string.

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

Sutala (सुतल).—

1) 'immense depth', Name of one of the seven regions below the earth; see पाताल (pātāla); (yāhi) सुतलं स्वर्गीभिः प्रार्थ्यं ज्ञातिभिः परिवारितः (sutalaṃ svargībhiḥ prārthyaṃ jñātibhiḥ parivāritaḥ) Bhāg.8.22.33.

2) the foundation of a large building.

Derivable forms: sutalam (सुतलम्).

Sutala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and tala (तल).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sutala (सुतल).—mn.

(-laḥ-laṃ) 1. A division of the lower regions, the sixth in descent. 2. Immense depth. m.

(-laḥ) The basement or foundation of a large building. E. su well, and tala deep, profound.

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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