Vaitali, Vaitālī: 8 definitions


Vaitali means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vaitālī (वैताली).—A warrior of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 67).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vaitālī (वैताली).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 18.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vaitālī (वैताली) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.62) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vaitālī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Vaitālī (वैताली) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Vaitālī] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Vaitālī (वैताली) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Vaitālī]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vaitālī (वैताली):—[from vaitālika] f. (with sundarī) a kind of metre, [Ghaṭakarpara [Scholiast or Commentator]]

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

Vaitālī (वैताली) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Veālī.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vaitāli (ವೈತಾಲಿ):—

1) [adjective] of or relating to, caused by an evil or mischievous spirit (which are believed by some to be cursed beings of heaven).

2) [adjective] (fig.) falling or striking with great force or impact.

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Vaitāli (ವೈತಾಲಿ):—

1) [noun] an evil or mischievous spirit (believed by some to be cursed beings of heaven).

2) [noun] (pros.) a metrical verse having four lines, of which the first and third have two groups of syllables followed by one short and one long syllable (uu-uu, -u-, u, -) and the second and fourth have same number of groups, of different metrical length followed by one short and one long syllable (uu—uu, -u-, u, -).

3) [noun] the supposed use of an evil supernatural power over people and their affairs; witchcraft; black magic; sorcery.

4) [noun] name of the goddess of magic or sorcery.

5) [noun] (fig.) wind blowing in a very high speed.

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Vaitāḷi (ವೈತಾಳಿ):—[adjective] = ವೈತಾಲಿ [vaitali]1.

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Vaitāḷi (ವೈತಾಳಿ):—[noun] = ವೈತಾಲಿ [vaitali]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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