Vala, aka: Vāla, Vāḷa, Vaḷa, Vālā; 12 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Vāḷa and Vaḷa can be transliterated into English as Vala or Valia, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Vala (वल).—(bala) An asura. It is stated in Padma Purāṇa, Bhūmikhaṇḍa, how Indra killed this asura.

One day Vala went to the sea for his evening worship. Devendra saw the asura, shining with the radiance of celibacy and the divine rod and deer-hide, praying on the sea-shore. Instantly Indra cut him into two with his weapon, the thunderbolt. Vala fell down motionless. Mention is made about this asura in Ṛgveda, Maṇḍala 1, Anuvāka 4. (For further details see under Bala).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vālā (वाला).—A river from the Vindhyas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 33.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Vala (वल).—(l) tad. caturarthika affix वलच् (valac) applied to the word शिखा (śikhā) in the four senses country and others; e.g. शिखावलं नगरं देशो वा (śikhāvalaṃ nagaraṃ deśo vā) Kas.on P.IV.2.89; (2) tad. affix वल (vala) in the sense of possession applied to words रजस्, कृषि (rajas, kṛṣi) and others as also to दन्त (danta) and शिखा (śikhā) when the word is used as a proper noun (संज्ञा (saṃjñā)) and to the word ऊर्जस् (ūrjas); e.g. रजस्वला, कृषीवलः, ऊर्जखलः (rajasvalā, kṛṣīvalaḥ, ūrjakhalaḥ) etc.; cl. रजःकृष्यासुतिपरिषदो वलच्, दन्तशिखात्संज्ञायाम् (rajaḥkṛṣyāsutipariṣado valac, dantaśikhātsaṃjñāyām) and ज्योत्स्ना (jyotsnā) ... ऊर्जस्वल (ūrjasvala) ..मलीमसाः (malīmasāḥ) P. V. 2.112, 113, 114.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

A horse belonging to King Kappina. DhA.ii.117.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Vāla.—(IE 8-5; EI 15; CII 3), cf. sa-bhūta-vāta-pratyāya, etc.; probably, storms (cf. udvāta; also called āvāta.) Note: vāla is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Pali-English dictionary

vāla : (m.) hair of the tail. (adj.), fierce; malicious.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Vāḷa, 2 (misspelt for vāda?) music (?) Pgdp 83. (Page 610)

2) Vāḷa, 1 (cp. late Sk. vyāḍa, see Geiger, P. Gr. § 546) 1. a snake Vism. 312 (so read for vaḷa).—2. a beast of prey A. III, 102 (amanussa); J. I, 295; III, 345 (°macchā predaceous fishes); Miln. 23 (°vana forest of wild beasts).

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1) Vāla, 3 (nt.) (=vāri, cp. late Sk. vāla) water; only in cpd. °ja a fish (cp. vārija). (Page 610)

2) Vāla, 2 (adj.) (cp. Sk. vyāla) malicious, troublesome, difficult Vin. II, 299 (adhikaraṇa). (Page 610)

3) Vāla, 1 (Vedic vāla; connected with Lat. adūlāre (ad+ ūlāre) to flatter (lit. wag the tail, like a dog), cp. E. adulation; Lith. valaī horse hair) 1. the hair of the tail, horse-hair, tail Vin. II, 195=J. V, 335 (pahaṭṭha-kaṇṇavāla with bristling ears & tail, of an elephant); J. V, 274 (so read for phāla, cp. p. 268, V, 113); PvA. 285 (°koṭi, so read for bāla°); Sdhp. 139.—pallaṅkassa vāle bhinditvā destroying the hair (-stuffing) of a couch Vin. II, 170=DA. I, 88; cp. Vin. IV, 299: pallaṅko āharimehi vālehi kato.—On v. in similes see J. P. T. S. 1907, 136.—2. a hair-sieve (also Vedic) M. I, 229.

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Vaḷa, at Vism. 312 is to be read vāḷa (snake), in phrase vāḷehi upadduta “molested by snakes. (Page 603)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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

vala (वल).—See under ओ.

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valā (वला).—and compounds See under ōlā. Some few, as not obvious, or as having some new sense or application (peculiarly perhaps amongst Deshpeople, and thus pertaining to this form of spelling) appear in order here.

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vaḷa (वळ).—m A tumor arising in the groin, the axillæ, or behind the ear; a bubo &c. 2 Twist or convolution (of a rope &c.) 3 m f The mark made by a lash or stroke, a weal. 4 Cramp in the limbs. 5 m Impatient eagerness; uneasy longing; itching.

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vaḷa (वळ).—f (āvali S) A line, row, rank. 2 A line as drawn by the pen, or a line of writing. 3 fig. Course, fashion, line of deportment or procedure.

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vāla (वाल).—m (valla S) A weight consisting of three guñja (seed of Abrus precatorius). Popularly it is computed at two or two and a half guñja. Pr. aṭatāṃ vāla piṭatāṃ vāla vāla vāla nisantāna A vāla in melting, a vāla in hammering, here a vāla, there a vāla,--and the gold is gone. Expressive of the rapacious roguery of the goldsmith, and, hence, of any imperceptible expenditure or consumption unto absolute exhaustion. 2 A pulse, a small variety of pāvaṭā, Dolichos spicatus. 3 The seed of the tree cilhārī.

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vālā (वाला).—decl affix (lā-lī-lēṃ m f n. H) Used in comp. with nouns and verbs in the sense of Doer, maker, vender, professor, possessor, correspondingly with man, monger &c. in Coach-man, milk-man, cheese-monger; and with er in Speak- er, writer, walker. Ex. bōlaṇēvālā, dēṇēvālā, bandūka- vālā, dārūvālā, paikēvālā, ābrūvālā. Such compounds are endless, and are, of course, excluded.

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vālā (वाला).—a & ad (Vulgar, for vēgaḷā) Separate &c. See vāyalā.

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vālā (वाला).—m A large and thick rope. 2 W A narrow and short cloth for the middle of the body; commonly called pañcā.

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vāḷa (वाळ).—f C A pot-herb, Basella rubra vel alba.

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vāḷa (वाळ).—a Ceased to be current or become depreciated--a coin. 2 Ejected from caste. 3 fig. Fallen out of employment, use, or observance--an article, an ordinance, a practice.

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vāḷa (वाळ).—f Cessation or depreciation of currency (of coins). v pāḍa & paḍa with acc. of s. 2 Ejection from caste and society, i. e. ejected state. v kāḍha g. of o., v nigha g. of s., v pāḍa, ghāla, paḍa acc. of o. 3 (vāḷaṇēṃ To dry.) Decayedness, dried up and wasted state, witheredness. v paḍa, hō, asa g. of s. 4 Obsoleteness, desuetude, disused state. v paḍa, hō g. of s. vāḷīnta ghālaṇēṃ To eject from caste and society. vaḷīnta paḍaṇēṃ To fall into this outcast state.

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vāḷā (वाळा).—m (valluka S) A grass of which the roots are fragrant and are used for tatties &c., Andropogon muricatum. Applied also to the roots. Otherwise known as khasakhasa.

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vāḷā (वाळा).—m (vālaka S) A sort of bracelet or anklet. Pr. nāṃva sōnubāī hātānta kathalācā vāḷā. 2 A ring or loop (as of a fetter &c.): an annular ridge around certain vessels: also a circular and flat bottom or stand (as of a wine glass or pyālā): also a ring, or round, or circlet generally. 3 A creature of the serpent-tribe: also a young snake generally. 4 Cocoanut-parings (as the residue after making vādyā, such being annular). 5 A brand on the body with the bracelet of this name. 6 A tumor esp. in the groin, a bubo.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaḷa (वळ).—m A tumour arising in the groin, Twist. m f Cramp in the limbs. f A line; course.

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vāla (वाल).—m A weight consisting of 3 guñja A pulse.

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vāḷa (वाळ).—f Cessation of currency. Ejected state. vāḷīnta ghālaṇēṃ Eject from caste and society.

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vāḷā (वाळा).—m A fragrant grass. An anklet.

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

Vala (वल).—See बल (bala).

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Vāla (वाल).—See, बार्ह, बार्हद्रथ, बार्हद्रथि, बार्हस्पत, बार्हस्पत्य, बार्हिण, बाल, बालक (bārha, bārhadratha, bārhadrathi, bārhaspata, bārhaspatya, bārhiṇa, bāla, bālaka).

See also (synonyms): vārha, vārhadratha, vārhadrathi, vārhaspata, vārhasatypa, vārhiṇa, vālaka.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vala (वल).—[, so Lefm with most mss., and Calc. bala, in LV 429.22 (prose)-nagnavalānupradāna-, which certainly must mean giving clothes to the naked. Neither bala nor vala nor even vara is recorded in any such meaning as garment or cloth. Two mss. are reported as reading vaila, which obviously intends caila; so read with Foucaux (Notes 206).]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vala (वल).—n.

(-laṃ) An army, forces. E. val to surround, aff. kaḥ see bala .

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