Valaya, Valāya: 22 definitions



Valaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Valay.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Valaya (वलय)—One of the Heavenly ornaments according to the Vāyu Purāṇa. Its use is associated with the people of the Kuru land.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Valaya (वलय) refers to “bangles” (i.e., ornamental decoration), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.21. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] When they [viz., Śiva’s Gaṇas (attendants)] went away and He was left alone with Satī, Śiva rejoiced much and sported with her. [...] Sometimes he would take the necklace off her breasts and press them with his hands. Sometimes he would remove the bracelets, bangles (valaya), rings from their places and fix them again one by one”.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Valaya (वलय) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Kailāśa, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Kailāśa group contains ten out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). This group represents temples (e.g. Valaya) that are to be globular shaped. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

Valaya is also listed in the Agnipurāṇa which features a list of 45 temple types. It is listed under the group named Kailāśa, featuring circular-shaped temples. This list represents a classification of temples in Nort-India.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Valaya (वलय) refers to a kind of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the fore-arm (bāhu) to be worn by males, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Such ornaments for males should be used in cases of gods and kings.

Valaya (वलय) also refers to “bangles”, an ornament (ābharaṇa) for the upper-arm (bāhumūla, ‘arm-pit’) to be worn by females. Such ornaments for females should be used in cases of human females and celestial beings (gods and goddesses).

Ābharaṇa (‘ornaments’, eg., valaya ) is a category of alaṃkāra, or “decorations”, which in turn is a category of nepathya, or “costumes and make-up”, the perfection of which forms the main concern of the Āhāryābhinaya, or “extraneous representation”, a critical component for a successful dramatic play.

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Valaya (वलय) refers to a “bangle” and represents a type of “hand-ornaments” (hastabhūṣaṇa), as defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—There are a number of ornaments for hand and arms. According to Bharata, [viz., aṅgada (armlet) and valaya (bangle) are for upper part of arm].

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Valaya (वलय):—[valayaṃ] Ring like appearance

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Valaya.—(CITD), a ring; a bracelet; in Telugu-Kannaḍa, also an enclosure, a boundary. Note: valaya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

valaya : (nt.) a bangle; a bracelet a loop.

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

Valaya, (m. & nt.) (Epic Sk. valaya, fr. Idg. *ǔel to turn; see Sk. roots vṛ to enclose, and val to turn, to which belong the foll. : varutra upper robe, ūrmi wave, fold, valita bent, vālayati to make roll, valli creeper, vaṭa rope, vāṇa cane. Cp. also Lat. volvo to roll, Gr. e)lu/w to wind, e)λic round, e)λutron cover; Goth. walwjan to roll on, Ohg. welzan & walzan=Ags. wealtan (E. waltz); Ags. wylm wave, and many others, q. v. in Walde, Lat. Wtb. s. v. volvo.—The Dhtp (274) gives root val in meaning saṃvaraṇa, i.e. obstruct, cover. See further vuṇāti) a bracelet Vin. II, 106; J. II, 197 (dantakāre valay’—ādīni karonte disvā); III, 377; VI, 64, 65; DA. I, 50; DhA. I, 226 (danta° ivory bangle); PvA. 157 (saṅkha°); Mhvs 11, 14 (°aṅguli-veṭhakā). (Page 603)

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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

valaya (वलय).—n (S) A ring or circle (of metal, wood &c.) 2 A vertebre of the back-bone.

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vaḷayā (वळया).—m (Properly vaḷyā) A shell &c.

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vālaya (वालय).—f A kind of rice.

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

valaya (वलय).—n A ring or circle (of metal, &c). A vertebra of the back-bone.

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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

Valaya (वलय).—[val-ayan Uṇ.4.19]

1) A bracelet, armlet; विहितविशदबिसकिसलयवलया जीवति परमिह तव रति- कलया (vihitaviśadabisakisalayavalayā jīvati paramiha tava rati- kalayā) Gīt.6; Bk.3.22; Me.2,62; R.13.21,43.

2) A ring, coil; क्रोडाकृष्टव्रततिवलयासङ्गसंजातपाशः (kroḍākṛṣṭavratativalayāsaṅgasaṃjātapāśaḥ) Ś.1.32;7.11.

3) The zone or girdle of a married woman.

4) A circle; circumference (oft. at the end of comp.); भ्रान्त- भूवलयः (bhrānta- bhūvalayaḥ) Dk.; वेलावप्रवलयाम् (velāvapravalayām) (urvīm) R.1.3; दिग्वलय (digvalaya) Śi. 9.8.

4) An enclosure, a bower; as in लतावलयमण्डप (latāvalayamaṇḍapa).

-yaḥ 1 A fence, hedge.

2) A branch.

3) A sore throat.

4) A kind of circular military array.

-yam 1 Name of certain round bones.

2) Multitude, swarm. (valayīkṛ 'to form into a bracelet;' kareṇa śaṃbhorvalayīkṛtāhinā sahiṣyate tat prathamāvalambanam Ku.5.66; valayībhū 'to serve as a bracelet or girdle').

Derivable forms: valayaḥ (वलयः), valayam (वलयम्).

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

Valayā (वलया).—name of the (2) yaṣṭi (q.v.) of the capital cities of four former Buddhas (compare Valguyā): Mahāvastu iii.229.12. 232.8; 234.11; 238.14.

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

Valaya (वलय).—mn.

(-yaḥ-yaṃ) 1. A bracelet, an armlet. 2. The zone of a married woman. 3. Circle, circumference, boundary. m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Sorethroat, inflammation of the larynx, &c. 2. A boundary, an inclosure, a fence. E. val to surround, ayan Unadi aff.

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

Valaya (वलय).— ([Causal.], or i. 10), + a (sometimes balaya), I. m. and n. 1. A bracelet, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 235. 2. Circle, circumference, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 8 (diś-, The universe). Ii. m. 1. An enclosure, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 13, 21. 2. Inflammation of the larynx.

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

Valaya (वलय).—[masculine] [neuter] bracelet (worn by men & women), circle, enclosure, boundary, circumference; adj. —° encircled or surrounded by.

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

1) Valaya (वलय):—[from val] mn. (ifc. f(ā). ) a bracelet, armlet, ring (worn by men and women on the wrist), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (also applied to waves as compared to bracelets)

2) [v.s. ...] a zone, girdle (of a married woman), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] a line (of bees), [Śiśupāla-vadha]

4) [v.s. ...] a circle, circumference, round enclosure (ifc. often = ‘encircled by’), [Golādhyāya; Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] m. a sore throat, inflammation of the larynx, [Suśruta]

6) [v.s. ...] a kind of circular military array, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

7) [v.s. ...] a branch, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

8) [v.s. ...] [plural] Name of a people, [Atharva-veda.Pariś.]

9) [v.s. ...] n. Name of certain round bones, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

10) [v.s. ...] multitude, swarm, [Kādambarī]

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

Valaya (वलय):—[(yaḥ-yaṃ)] 1. m. n. A bracelet; sore throat; an enclosure.

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

Valaya (वलय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Valaya.

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Valaya 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

Valaya (वलय) [Also spelled valay]:—(nm) a ring, circle; fold.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Valaya (वलय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Valaya.

2) Valaya (वलय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Valaka.

3) Vālaya (वालय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vālaka.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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