Vacala, Vācāla: 15 definitions


Vacala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vachala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vācāla (वाचाल) refers to “eloquency”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.32 (“The seven celestial sages arrive”).—Accordingly, as the Seven Sages said to Śiva: “[...] O Sadāśiva, we have become the most excellent of all people by your remembering us. Usually you never even come across the path of ambitions and aspirations of ordinary people. O lord, your vision, very difficult to be acquired, is like the fruit stooping down within the reach of the dwarf, like sight to a man born blind, like eloquency (vācāla) acquired by a dumb man, like the indigent meeting with a treasure-trove, like the lame man reaching the top of a high mountain and like the barren woman bearing a child. [...]”.

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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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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

Source: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Vācāla (वाचाल) refers to the “sounds (made by crickets)” (in the rainy season), according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, [while discussing the treatment of hawks]: “[...] In the rainy season, when the breeze surcharged with the fragrance of the Kadamba flowers blows in every direction, when the river-water becomes dirty with the washings by the rain, when the crickets fill the whole space with their noise (jhaṅkāra-vācāla), these birds should be tended in such a way that regaining their vigour they may cast off their old feathers and assume new ones just as snakes assume a new slough. [...]”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Vācālā (वाचाला) is the name of a village visited by Mahāvīra during his second year of spiritual-exertion.—Moving towards north Vācālā the Lord reached a hermitage named Kanakhamala. There were two paths to go to north Vācālā from that hermitage; One through the hermitage, and the other from the outside. The Lord took the straight path. Reaching some distance, he came across two herdsmen. They told the Lord “There is a forest ahead on this path where lives a dreaded viper named Caṇḍakauśika who just looks at the travelers with his poisonous eyes and reduces them to ashes. It would be better if you took the other path”.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vācāla : (adj.) garrulous; talkative.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vācāḷa (वाचाळ).—a (vācāla S) Loquacious. Ex. vā0 laṭīka abhakta jē khaḷa || āpulēṃ tēṃ baḷa vākhāṇāvēṃ ||.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vācāla (वाचाल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—a Talkative, loquacious.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vācāla (वाचाल).—a. [vāc-ālac casya na kaḥ]

1) Noisy, making a sound, crying.

2) Talkative, garrulous; see वाचाट (vācāṭa); तथापि वाचालतया युनक्ति मां मिथस्त्वदाभाषणलोलुपं मनः (tathāpi vācālatayā yunakti māṃ mithastvadābhāṣaṇalolupaṃ manaḥ) Śiśupālavadha 1.4.

3) Boasting, swaggering.

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

Vācāla (वाचाल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Talkative, chattering, gabbling, talking much and idly or blamably. E. vāc speech, and ālac aff.

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

Vācāla (वाचाल).—[adjective] = vācāṭa; also noisy, resounding with (—°). Abstr. [feminine], tva [neuter]

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

1) Vācāla (वाचाल):—[from vāc] mf(ā)n. talkative, chattering (said also of birds), [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] boasting, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhajjātaka [Scholiast or Commentator]; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

3) [v.s. ...] full of noise and bustle, (ifc.) filled with the song or noise of [Rāmāyaṇa; Vāsavadattā etc.]

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

Vācāla (वाचाल):—[(laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Idem.]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Vācāla (वाचाल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vāyāla.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vacala in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vācāla (वाचाल) [Also spelled vachal]:—(a and nm) outspoken; talkative, chattering, gabby; ~[] outspokenness, talkativeness, gabbiness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vācāla (ವಾಚಾಲ):—[adjective] inclined to talk a great deal; talkative.

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Vācāla (ವಾಚಾಲ):—

1) [noun] a man inclined to talk a great deal; a talkative man.

2) [noun] an eloquent, impressive speaker.

3) [noun] that which chatters a great deal, as a parrot.

4) [noun] a sound; the human voice; an utterance.

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Vācāḷa (ವಾಚಾಳ):—[adjective] = ವಾಚಾಲ [vacala]1.

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Vācāḷa (ವಾಚಾಳ):—[noun] = ವಾಚಾಲ [vacala]2.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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