Vahlika, Vāhlika, Vahlīka: 10 definitions

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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Vāhlika (वाह्लिक) is the name of a tribe, usually to be represented by a reddish-yellow (gaura) color when painting the limbs (aṅgaracanā), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. The painting is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक) [=Bāhlīka] refers to an ancient kingdom or tribe of people, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If there should be both lunar and solar eclipses in one month, princes will suffer both from dissensions among their own army and from wars. [...] If the eclipses should fall in the lunar month of Aśvayuja the people of Kāmboja, of Cīna (China), the Yavanas, surgeons, the Vāhlīkas and the people living on the banks of the Indus, together with the physicians of Ānarta and of Pauṇḍra and the Kirātas will perish, but there will be prosperity in the land”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक) is the name of a tribe mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. These tribes (e.g., the Vāhlīkas, latin: Vahlikas) migrated to places other than their original settlemenets and gave their names to the janapadas they settled. They replaced the old Vedic tribes in Punjab and Rajasthan though some of them are deemed as offshoots of the main tribe..

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vahlika (वह्लिक) or Vahlīka (वह्लीक).—See बह्लिक, बह्लीक (bahlika, bahlīka).

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

Vāhlika (वाह्लिक).—m.

(-kaḥ) Balkh: see bāhlīka. E. vaha-liṇ svārthe ka .

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Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A country lying north-west of Afganisthan, Balkh. 2. A horse from Balkh, considered as one of a good breed. 3. One of the principal Gand'harbas or choristers of heaven. n.

(-kaṃ) 1. Saffron. 2. Asafœtida. E. vahl to be pre-eminent, ikan or īkan aff., vahlika or vahlīka; again, aṇ pleonastic or derivative added, vāhlika or vāhlīka; the conjunct letters of the root being transposed; saffron, &c. are supplied still to India, especially from Kashmir, Khorasan, and the countries in that direction.

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

Vāhlika (वाह्लिक).—n. Saffron (cf. the next).

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Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक).—I. m. 1. The name of a country, Balkh. 2. A horse from Balkh. 3. One of the principal Gandharvas. 4. A proper name, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 7, 2. Ii. n. 1. Saffron. 2. Assafœtida.

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

Vāhlika (वाह्लिक).—v. bālhi & ka.

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

1) Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक):—[from bālhava] m. ([plural]) Name of a people, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a prince of the Bālhīkas, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Janam-ejaya, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of Pratīpa, [ib.; Purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] of the father of Rohiṇī (wife of Vasu-deva), [Harivaṃśa]

6) [v.s. ...] of a Gandharva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] of a poet, [Catalogue(s)]

8) [from bālhava] mf(ī)n. belonging to or derived from the Bālhikas, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] n. = bālhika, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Vāhlika (वाह्लिक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. Balkh; one of its horses; heavenly chorister. n. Saffron; asafoetida.

2) Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. See vahlika.

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

Vāhlīka (वाह्लीक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Valhīa.

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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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