Vali, Vālī, Vāli: 21 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vāli (वालि).—A son of Virajā (the daughter of Ṛkṣa) and Mahendra. Crowned king of Kiṣkinda and ruled with Sugrīva; wife Tārā and son Angada: crossed the seas, vanquished Rāvaṇa at Puṣkara, and agreed to be his ally on his request; performed Vedic yajñas, learned in the Vedic lore; applauded by Nārada;1 killed by Rāma.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 214-48.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 10. 12; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 96.

1b) An Asura in the sabhā of Hiraṇyakaśipu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 161. 81.

1c) An avatār of the Lord in the 13th dvāpara in the Vālakhilyāśrama of the Gandhamādana with tapasvin sons.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 159.
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Vāli (वालि).—Name of a monkey who was the son of Indra, the King of heaven, and elder brother of Sugrīva, the monkey king in the epic Rāmāyaṇa.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi

Vali (वलि, “wrinkle”) refers to one of the fifteen aspects of gamaka (embellishments, ornamentation) that are used in Indian classical music (gāndharva), according to the Saṅgītaśiromaṇi 14.83-94. These gamakas refer to essential elements of the sthāyas (technical phrases) of rāgas (melodic modes). Accordingly, “a vribrato (kampana) rendered in various speeds is considered to be a vali”.

Source: Northern Indian Music Volume I

Vali (वलि, “ripple”) refers to one of the gamakas (graces):—The ripple (vali), now called mīḍa.—“Any kind of fast sliding is called a ripple (vali)”. (Saṅgītaratnākara 2.3.92)

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Valī (वली) refers to “wrinkles” and is one of the various diseases mentioned in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning valī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Vali (वलि):—Wrinkles

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Vali was the king of monkeys. He is said to be the son of the sage Kashyapa. He had obtained a boon that he would get half of his opponent's strength in combat. This made him invincible in fair combat. He fell out with his younger brother Sugreeva, who sought the help of Rama in killing his brother.

According to the promise made to Sugreeva, Rama killed Vali with an arrow, fired from a hidden spot when Vali was fighting with Sugreeva. This way Rama avoided losing half his strength, as he was hidden from Vali.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vālī (वाली): One of five great monkeys in Ramayana, a son of Indra, Monkey-king of Kishkindha and the cruel elder brother of Sugriva. He was killed by Rama.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vāḻi.—(SII 2), ear-ring. Note: vāḻi 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

vali : (f.) a fold; a wrinkle.

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

Vali, & Valī (f.) (cp. Epic Sk. vali; fr val. Spelling occasionally with ) a line, fold, wrinkle, a streak, row; Vin. II, 112 (read valiyo for valiṃ?); Th. 2, 256; J. IV, 109; Shhp 104.—muttā-vali a string of pearls VvA. 169. For vaṭṭanā-valī see vaṭṭanā. See also āvali. (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

valī (वली).—m ( A) A saint, sage, devotee, a sacred personage in general.

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vaḷī (वळी).—f (vaḷaṇēṃ) A stuffed roll or pad placed across and underneath the packsaddle. 2 A roll, a thing rolled up. 3 Uniting threads together. A term of the loom. See sāndhaṇī.

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vaḷī (वळी).—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. 4 A corrugation or wrinkle (esp. abdominal).

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vālī (वाली) [or वाल्ही, vālhī].—m ( A) A protector, patron, befriender; an espouser of the cause of. 2 Master, lord, owner, proprietor. jivācā or prāṇācā vālī A husband or a lover.

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vāḷī (वाळी).—f (vāḷā) A ring of gold or silver wire, for the nose or ear. 2 A plant, also called vēla- bōṇḍī, Basella rubra et alba.

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

vaḷī (वळी).—f A line, row. A roll. Fig. A course; fashion.

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vālī (वाली).—m A protector; master.

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vāḷī (वाळी).—f A ring of gold wire, for the nose or ear.

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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

Vali (वलि) or Valī (वली).—f. (Also written baliḥ-lī)

1) A fold or wrinkle (on the skin); वलिभिर्मुखमाक्रान्तम् (valibhirmukhamākrāntam).

2) A fold of skin on the upper part of the belly (especially of females regarded as a mark of beauty); मध्येन सा वेदि- विलग्नमध्या वलित्रयं चारु वभार बाला (madhyena sā vedi- vilagnamadhyā valitrayaṃ cāru vabhāra bālā) Ku.1.39.

3) The ridge of a thatched roof.

4) A line made on the body with fragrant unguents.

5) A handle of the Chāmara; रत्नच्छायाखचितवलिभिश्चामरैः क्लान्तहस्ताः (ratnacchāyākhacitavalibhiścāmaraiḥ klāntahastāḥ) Me.37.

6) Sulphur.

Derivable forms: valiḥ (वलिः).

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Vāli (वालि).—Name of a celebrated monkeychief, who was slain by Rāma at the desire of Sugrīva, his younger brother. [He is represented as a very powerful monkey, and is said to have placed under his arm-pit even Rāvaṇa when he went to fight with him. During his absence from Kiṣkindhā to slay the brother of Dundubhi, Sugriva usurped the throne considering him to be dead, but when Vāli returned, he had to run away to Ṛiṣyamūka. Tārā, wife of Sugrīva, was seized by Vāli, but she was restored to her husband when Rāma slew him.]

Derivable forms: vāliḥ (वालिः).

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

Vali (वलि).—f. or m. (perhaps compare Sanskrit Lex. balikā? see [Boehtlingk]), a kind of flower: Mahāvyutpatti 6209 baliḥ; also Tibetan ba-li in the passage cited from ms. H by Lefm. on Lalitavistara 11.3, instead of varṇa as cited.

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Vāli (वालि).—(supported by Tibetan; most mss. Vāri), name of a gandharva: Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 162.2.

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

Vali (वलि).—f. (-liḥ or ) 1. A line or streak made with fragrant unguents on the person. 2. Natural line or folds of skin, a wrinkle m.

(-liḥ) Offerings to the spirits of air. E. val to surround, aff. in: see bali .

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

Vali (वलि).—[feminine] fold of skin, wrinkle.

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Valī (वली).—[feminine] fold of skin, wrinkle.

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

1) Vali (वलि):—[from val] mf. (cf. bali and valī) (once m.) a fold of the skin, wrinkle, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (cf. tri-v)

2) [v.s. ...] a line or stroke made with fragrant unguents on the person, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] the edge of a roof, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] sulphur, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a [particular] musical instrument, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) Valī (वली):—[from val] f. = vali, a fold, wrinkle, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

7) [v.s. ...] a wave, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) Vālī (वाली):—[from vāla] f. a post, pillar, [Anupada-sūtra] (= medhi, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

9) [v.s. ...] a kind of ornament, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] a pit, cavern, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) Vāli (वालि):—[from vāla] 1. vāli m. (also written bāli) = vālin Name of a monkey, [Rāmāyaṇa]

12) [v.s. ...] of a Muni, [Catalogue(s)]

13) [v.s. ...] 2. vāli in [compound] for vālin.

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

Vali (वलि):—(liḥ) 2. f. A streak made with unguents; fold or wrinkle; an offering to the spirits of air.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Vali (वलि):—(von val) f. [Śāntanācārya’s Phiṭsūtrāṇi.2,2,] Comm. [Siddhāntakaumudī 248,a,3] und valī .

1) f. (ringsum laufende) Falte der Haut (bei Menschen und Thieren), Runzel [Amarakoṣa 3, 4, 26, 197.] [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 3, 401.] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 2, 501.] [Medinīkoṣa 1. 35. fg.] [Vaijayantī] bei [Mallinātha] zu [Śiśupālavadha 3, 53.] [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 6, 2 (=] [Mahābhārata 12, 8887).] jarā valī ca māṃ tāta palitāni ca paryaguḥ [Mahābhārata 1, 3467. 3492.] valīsaṃgatagātra [3471.] valīmaṇḍitatanu [Spr. 779.] valibhirmukhamākrāntam [1948.] gātreṣu valayaḥ prāptāḥ [4011.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 5, 24, 13. 9, 3, 14. 6, 42.] [Suśruta 1, 62, 4. 129, 8.] vaktraṃ valibhirvimuktam [?2, 152, 16. 236, 8. am Augenlid 338, 1.] arma yatra valījātam [334, 14.] Falte im After [1, 258, 11. 260, 5. 6.] [Śārṅgadhara SAṂH. 1, 6, 5. 2, 9, 24.] valitraya (vgl. tribalī) [Kumārasaṃbhava 1, 39.] [Kathāsaritsāgara 84, 7.] [Spr. 2878. 3728.] [Mahābhārata 4, 394.] [Kumārasaṃbhava 5, 24.] [Kathāsaritsāgara 90, 45.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 1, 19, 27. 4, 21, 16. 24, 50.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 51, 8. 61, 15. 68, 22. 24.] kakṣāvalayaḥ (beim Elephanten) [67, 2.] valayo bhrataraṃgābhāḥ (so die neuere Ausg.) [Harivaṃśa 4298.] jaṅghāvali [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 6, 3, 12, Scholiast] Falte an einem Horn: tri, pañca [Kātyāyana’s Śrautasūtrāṇi 7, 3, 29.] in einem Betttuche [Sāhityadarpana 42, 11.] —

2) bali m. Griff eines Fliegenwedels [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [Hārāvalī 265.] [Meghadūta 36.] —

3) m. Giebelbalken [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] valī f. [Vaijayantī] —

4) f. valī Welle [Vaijayantī] —

5) vali Schwefel [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] —

6) vali ein best. musikalisches Instrument [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 85.] —

7) valī [Kathāsaritsāgara 123, 61] fehlerhaft für vallī .

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Valī (वली):—s. u. vali .

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Vāli (वालि):—m.

1) Nomen proprium eines Muni [Oxforder Handschriften 52,b,27.] —

2) eines Affen, = vālin [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 2, 8, 7.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 704.]

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Vālī (वाली):—in khale .

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Vāli (वालि):—

2) [Spr. (II) 4169] (Conj. für vāni .)

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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

Valī (वली):—(nm) guardian, master; successor, heir; ~[ahada] heir-apparent, heir-designate. -[vārisa] guardian or heir, near relative, kith.

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