Trishala, Triśāla, Triśalā, Tri-shala: 6 definitions

Introduction

Trishala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 terms Triśāla and Triśalā can be transliterated into English as Trisala or Trishala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Triśāla (त्रिशाल).—Also known as Dhānyakam.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 253. 51; 254. 4-7.
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Triśalā (त्रिशला) is the mother of Mahāvīra according to Śvetāmbara (but she is named Priyakāriṇī according to Digambara), according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). Mahāvīra is the twenty-fourth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism. A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The husband of Triśalā is Siddhārtha. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography

Triśalā (त्रिशला) is the mother of Mahāvīra: the last of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—Vardhamāna was born of a royal family of Videha or North Bihār, his father Siddhārtha, being the ruling prince of Kuṇḍapura, the abode of the Nāta or Nāya clan, his mother is known by the name of Triśalā. Connected with his birth is the auspicious legend that the Tīrthaṃkara was actually born of Devanandā of the family of Jālandhara, wife of Ṛṣabha Datta, a Brāhmaṇa, but Indra finding that a Jina ought not to according to tradition, take his birth in a Brahmin family, transferred the foetus through his general Hariṇegameṣa to the womb of Triśala, a Kṣatriya lady of royal family.

Source: Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts

Triśalā (त्रिशला).—Fourteen Dreams of Triśalā (triśalā-svapna):

  1. an elephant,
  2. a bull,
  3. a lion,
  4. Lakshmῑ Devi,
  5. the brilliant flower garlands,
  6. a full moon,
  7. the sun,
  8. a flag/ banner,
  9. a kalaśa,
  10. lotus pond,
  11. ocean of milk,
  12. celestial palanquin,
  13. heaps of jewels,
  14. flames.

It is significant that the dreams were first sighted by the Brāhmaṇī Devānandā. Mother having the vision of the fourteen dreams constitutes the first of the kalyānakās of a Tīrthankara’s spiritual journey.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Triśāla (त्रिशाल).—a house with three halls or chambers.

Derivable forms: triśālam (त्रिशालम्).

Triśāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and śāla (शाल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triśalā (त्रिशला).—f.

(-lā) The mother of Varddhamana, the last of the Jaina pontiffs.

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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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