Vaitala, Vaitāla, Vaitālā: 4 definitions
Vaitala 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Vaitāla (वैताल).—A pupil of Jātūkarṇya.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 6. 58.
1b) Evil spirits.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 218. 36.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography
Vaitālā (वैताला) is the name of a Yoginī mentioned in various Jaina manuscripts, often being part of a list of sixty-four such deities. How the cult of the Tantrik Yoginīs originated among the vegetarian Jainas is unknown. The Yoginīs (viz., Vaitālā) are known as attendants on Śiva or Pārvatī. But in the case of Jainism, we may suppose, as seen before that they are subordinates to Kṣetrapāla, the chief of the Bhairavas.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Vaitāla (वैताल):—mf(ī)n. ([from] vetāla) relating to the Vetālas, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]
2) m. = vetāla, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Vaitāla (वैताल):—adj. (f. ī) zu den Vetāla in Beziehung stehend, sie betreffend: kṛtyāvaitālādiṣu karmasu [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 69, 37.] vaitālī sundarī ein best. Metrum, = vaitālīya Comm. zu [Ghaṭakarpara 19.]
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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The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 21 - The Incarnation and the story of Maheśa < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Settlement in Early Historic Ganga Plain (by Chirantani Das)
Part 7 - Nalanda’s Rise of a Multi-functional Nodal Centre < [Chapter III - Nālandā: Evidence for rise and progress of the settlement]