Valin, aka: Vālin; 2 Definition(s)


Valin means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Itihāsa (narrative history)

1) Vālin (वालिन्) and Sugrīva were the two sons of Ahalyā, wife of Gautama ṛṣi. Without the knowledge of her ascetic husband, she conceived secretly and gave birth to two sons, Vālin the elder by Indra and Sugrīva the younger by Sūrya. Tārā was the most beloved wife of Vālin and Aṅgada a fruit of their union.

2) Vālin (वालिन्).—In the Tattvasaṃgraha Rāmāyaṇa, the story is that Vālin, monkey king of unmatched energy, son of Ahalyā and Indra, went to the spot where the churning of the ocean was going on. On seeing the fatigue of gods, Viṣṇu requested Indra to persuade his son to help the gods in their act. When Indra did accordingly, Viṣṇu decorated the Monkey King Vālin with a necklace of divine golden lotuses and showered upon him many blessings amongst which one was that he will be always invincible in duels because half of the energy of his adversary will go to him. Filled with joy with such unexpected honours, Vālin took both ends of the snake to agitate the mountain. (Tattvasaṃgraha Rāmāyaṇa, Kiṣkindhā-khaṇḍa, 5)

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (rāmāyaṇa)
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Itihāsa (इतिहास) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Purāṇas, 2) the Mahābhārata and 3) the Rāmāyaṇa. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smṛti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to śruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

In Buddhism


Vālin, (adj.) (fr. vāla1) having a hairy tail Vv 647, cp. VvA. 277. (Page 610)

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Valin, (adj.) (fr. vali) having wrinkles M. I, 88 (Acc. palitakesiṃ vilūnaṃ khalita-siraṃ valinaṃ)=III, 180 (palitakesaṃ vilūnaṃ khalitaṃ-siraṃ valīnaṃ etc.) See valita for this passage.—In compn vali-mukha “wrinkled face, ” i.e. monkey J. II, 298. (Page 603)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali book cover
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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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