Tola; 7 Definition(s)


Tola means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

Tola (तोल) is a Sanskrit word referring to “poising one’s self”. It is used in Yoga.

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Tola (तोल) or Karṣa refers to unit of measurement. Tola is equal to 180 grains. (see the Rasajalanidhi by Bhudeb Mookerji volume 3)

Source: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Tola (तोल).—A great satirical poet of the Malayālam Literature. A great humorist, Sanskrit scholar and actor, he was minister to Bhāskara Ravi Varmā who was ruler of Kerala during the period from 978 to 1027 A.D. According to Koduṅgallur Kuñjikkuttan Tampurān, a great Sanskrit scholar and poet, Tola was born in Kondoliññāru in the village of Airāṇikkulam near Aḍūr in Cochin in a Nambūdiri family. His original name was Nīlakaṇṭha. When he was a young man, he was ostracised from his community for having had illicit connections with a low-caste servant-maid named Cakkī. He was wearing then a deerskin belt (Tol) on his body as the usual mark of Brahmacārins (bachelors) and he threw it away of his own accord earning for him the name Tola. There is another version that Tola is the decayed form of 'Atula' meaning matchless. He was mainly interested in writing funny ridicules. There are many such poems now available believed to be those of Tola.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

ṭōlā (टोला).—m ( H) A stroke with a stick or bat: also a blow with a stone or brickbat. 2 A brickbat. 3 fig. A cutting, stinging, probing speech. v (in the three senses) dē, māra.

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ṭōḷa (टोळ).—m A locust. 2 A grasshopper.

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tōla (तोल).—m (tula S) Weighing. 2 Weight, quantity measured by the balance. 3 n A mass by which, as the standard, bodies are determined, a weight. 4 m Inclination, leaning, bent or bearing towards, lit. fig. Pr. jasā vārā vājēla tasā tōla dyāvā. 5 Quantity thrown in (in weighing out certain substances) over and above the due or just quantity. 6 Equiponderance or parity of weight; matchedness gen. 7 fig. Influence, importance, power, consequence. tōla dēṇēṃ To bear or put up with; to forbear (offences &c.): also to yield or give way to; to acquiesce in (occurrences &c.) tōla lāvūna cālaṇēṃ To strut or stalk. tōla sambhāḷaṇēṃ To maintain equipoise or equilibrium, to balance. tōlāsa tōla ghēṇēṃ To vie or cope with; to emulate; to compete; to give weight for weight.

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tōḷā (तोळा).—m (tōla S) A weight of gold or silver. It is stated in books at 16 māṣa of 5 ratī or 6 1/2 grains each; amounting therefore to 105 grains Troy: in practice it is calculated at 12 māṣa jeweler's weight; amounting therefore to 210 grains. tōḷāmāsā expresses Variableness or fickleness; as or hyācī prakṛti or rōgācī bhāvanā tō0 āhē: and tōḷāmāsā pāhaṇēṃ (To regard drachms and scruples.) To be penurious.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṭōlā (टोला).—m A stroke with a stick or bat. A brick-bat. A cutting, stinging, prob- ing speech.

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ṭōḷa (टोळ).—m A locust. A grass-hopper.

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ṭōḷā (टोळा).—f A band, body, troop, company.

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tōla (तोल).—m Weighing. Weight, quantity measured by the balance. Inclination. leaning, bearing or bent towards. Fig. Influence. tōla dēṇēṃ Bear or put up with; forbear (offences &c.), also yield, give way to. tōla sambhāḷaṇēṃ Maintain equi- librium, balance. tōlāsa tōla dēṇēṃ Vie or cope with, emulate, compete.

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tōḷā (तोळा).—m A weight of gold or silver. tōḷā- māsā expresses variableness or fickle- ness. Ex. hyācī prakṛtī tōḷāmāsā āhē. tōṃḷāmāsā pahāṇēṃ To be penurious.

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

Tola (तोल).—[tul-karmaṇi ac]

1) Weight or quantity measured by the balance.

2) A weight of gold or silver equal to 12 māṣas or a tolā.

Derivable forms: tolaḥ (तोलः), tolam (तोलम्).

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Tola (तोल).—&c. See under तुल् (tul).

See also (synonyms): tolana.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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