Triloka, Tri-loka: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kosha (encyclopedic lexicons)

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Source: Google Books: Kalātattvakośa, volume 2

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—The conception of the triloka—earth, mid-space and heaven, or nether-world, earth and heaven—has been depicted in the figure of Viṣṇu Trivikrama (-> krama), who with his three steps covers all the three worlds. In sculpture he is represented with one foot stepping firmly on the earth, or pressing down the demon-king Bali in the nether-world, and the other foot raised high to indicate his highest step (parama pada). The third, or rather intermediary step is not visible. In painting, however, we find an exceptional image of Trivikrama showing him with three legs.

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Kosha (कोश, kośa) refers to Sanskrit lexicons intended to provide additional information regarding technical terms used in religion, philosophy and the various sciences (shastra). The oldest extant thesaurus (kosha) dates to the 4th century AD.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—The Sanskrit term tri-loka is often found in Vedic scriptures. Tri-loka means three worlds. The universe is divided into three worlds, or realms of consciousness: bhūr, bhuvaḥ and svaḥ (the gross region, the subtle region and the celestial region).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—Progress of, depends on the sun without which there would be no reckoning of time and nothing would go on.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 60; 53. 34-41.
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Buddhist Door: Glossarysee Three Realms.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—the three worlds.

-kaḥ an inhabitant of the three worlds; यद्धर्मसूनोर्बत राजसूये निरीक्ष्य दृक्स्वस्त्ययनं त्रिलोकः (yaddharmasūnorbata rājasūye nirīkṣya dṛksvastyayanaṃ trilokaḥ) Bhāg.3. 2.13. °आत्मन् (ātman) m. the Supreme Being. °ईशः (īśaḥ) the sun. °नाथः (nāthaḥ) 'lord of the three worlds', an epithet of

Derivable forms: trilokam (त्रिलोकम्).

Triloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and loka (लोक).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—I. (n), and f. , the three worlds, Mahābhārata 13, 1505; [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 52, 22; [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 1, 5, 7. Ii. m. ºka, the inhabitants of the three worlds, ib. 3, 2, 13.

Triloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and loka (लोक).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triloka (त्रिलोक).—[neuter] (only °—& [locative]), ī [feminine], & [masculine] [plural] the three worlds (cf. tribhuvana).

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

1) Triloka (त्रिलोक):—[=tri-loka] [from tri] n. sg. ([Mahābhārata xiii; Harivaṃśa 11303]) m. [plural] ([Rāmāyaṇa iii]) the 3 worlds (= -patha)

2) [v.s. ...] m. sg. the inhabitants of the 3 worlds, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa iii, 2, 13]

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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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