Vallabha, Vallabhā: 25 definitions


Vallabha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi, biology. 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 Vallabh.

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Vallabha (वल्लभ).—Named हरिवल्लभ (harivallabha) also,who wrote a commentary on Nagesa's Sabdendusekhara.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vallabha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vallabhā (वल्लभा) refers to the “she who is married”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.4.—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogized Umā (Durgā/Satī) with devotion:—“[...] O great Goddess listen to our submission which we, your slaves for ever, are going to explain. Formerly you were born as the daughter of Dakṣa and were married to Śiva [i.e., hara-vallabhā]. You destroyed the great misery of Brahmā and others. Being disrespected by your father, you cast off your body in accordance with your vow. You then went to your own world and Śiva became miserable. [...]”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vallabha (वल्लभ).—The husband of Hemaprabhā, an unchaste woman. (See under Hemaprabhā).

2) Vallabha (वल्लभ).—Son of Balākāśva. He was a righteous King. Vallabha had a son named Kuśika. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 5).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vallabha (वल्लभ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.4, XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vallabha) 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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (architecture)

Vallabha (वल्लभ) refers to “dear” (e.g., ‘being dear to the king’), according to the Devyāmata (chapter 105).—Accordingly, [while describing the consequences of a doorway]—“Thus, in due sequence, the consequences of doorways are given. [With a doorway] at Īśa, the householder will have the risk of fire; at Parjanya, harm from women. At Jaya [the householder] is endowed with wealth. At Māhendra he is dear to the king (nṛpa-vallabha). At Āditya there is anger. At Satya there is lawful conduct. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A South Indian tribe. Their ruler is described in the Chronicles simply as the Vallabha. Manavamma once joined Narasiha against the Vallabha king and defeated him (Cv.xlvii.15ff). On another occasion, the Vallabha king sent a force to subdue Nagadipa in the reign of Mahinda IV. The latter sent an army under the general Sena, defeated the Vallabhas and made a friendly treaty with them. Cv.liv.12ff.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vallabha (वल्लभ) refers to “beloved women”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “[com.—Next he speaks about the fickleness (cañcalatvam) of beloved women (vallabhānāṃ)]—The meeting of beloved women (vallabha) is like a city in the sky. Youth or wealth is like a mass of clouds. Relations, children and bodies, etc. are perishable as lightning. You must understand that the whole action of the cycle of rebirth is thus momentary”.

Synonyms: Rāma, Strī, Kalatra, Yoṣit, Aṅganā.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Vallabha (वल्लभ) was the yonger brother of  Rūpa Gosvāmin (C. 1470-1583 C.E.): author of Aṣṭādaśachandas and erudite scholar of Indian Diaspora who has enriched the Sanskrit literature by his various compositions with the nectar of Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Rūpagosvāmin was the son of Kumāra, grandson of Mukunda, great grandson of Padmanābha and great great grandson of Rūpeśvara, who is the son of Jagadguru Niruddha. He had two brothers namely Vallabha and Sanātana. He was also the uncle of Jīvagosvāmin, son of his younger brother Vallabha. He was a resident of Rāmakeli, a village in Bengal.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vallabha.—(IE 8-3; EI 12, 26), the king's favourite or a courtier; same as Rājavallabha. (IE 8-2), same as Vallabharāja; a shortened form of the title Śrī-pṛthivī-vallabha assumed by certain imperial rulers of the Kannaḍa-speaking area. Note: vallabha 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 mythology, zoology, 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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Vallabha [वल्लभ] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Carallia brachiata (Lour.) Merr. from the Rhizophoraceae (Burma Mangrove) family having the following synonyms: Diatoma brachiata, Petalotoma brachiata, Carallia arguta. For the possible medicinal usage of vallabha, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Vallabha in India is the name of a plant defined with Aconitum heterophyllum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Aconitum heterophyllum Wall..

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Numer. List (4722)
· Illustrations of the Botany … of the Himalayan Mountains (1833)

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Vallabha, (cp. Epic & Class. Sk. vallabha & BSk. vallabhaka a sea monster Divy 231) a favourite J. IV, 404; VI, 38, 371; rāja° a king’s favourite, an overseer J. I, 342; Mhvs 37, 10; VbhA. 501.—f. vallabhā (a) beloved (woman), a favourite J. III, 40; VvA. 92, 135, 181. (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

vallabha (वल्लभ).—m (S) A husband: also a lover or paramour; a beloved (male) person generally. vallabhā f (S) A wife: also a mistress; any beloved female.

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

vallabha (वल्लभ).—m A husband; a lover.

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vallabhā (वल्लभा).—f A wife, a mistress; any beloved female.

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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

Vallabha (वल्लभ).—a. [valla-abhac Uṇādi-sūtra 3.124]

1) Beloved, desired, dear.

2) Supreme.

-bhaḥ A lover; husband; (khedaḥ) त्वयि विलसति तुल्यं वल्लभालोकनेन (tvayi vilasati tulyaṃ vallabhālokanena) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 3.8; Śiśupālavadha 11.33.

2) A favourite; करोति निर्विकल्पं यः स भवेद्राजवल्लभः (karoti nirvikalpaṃ yaḥ sa bhavedrājavallabhaḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.53.

3) A superintendent, an overseer.

4) A chief herdsman.

5) A good horse (one with auspicious marks); मन्दुरा- परिभ्रष्टवल्लभतुरङ्गमपर्याकुलीकृत (mandurā- paribhraṣṭavallabhaturaṅgamaparyākulīkṛta) ... Ve.2.19/2.

-bhā A beloved female, mistress, wife; बहुवल्लभा राजानः श्रूयन्ते (bahuvallabhā rājānaḥ śrūyante) Ś.3; Mu. 3.9.

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

Vallabha (वल्लभ).—mfn.

(-bhaḥ-bhā-bhaṃ) 1. Beloved, desired, dear. 2. Supreme, superintending. m.

(-bhaḥ) 1. A lover, a husband, a friend. 2. A horse with good marks. 3. A superintendent, an overseer. 4. The chief herdsman. f.

(-bhā) A mistress, a wife. E. vall to cover, abhac Unadi aff.

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

Vallabha (वल्लभ).—I. adj., f. bhā. 1. Beloved, [Pañcatantra] 169, 25; v. [distich] 8; superl. ºbhatama, dearest, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 78. 2. Superintendent. Ii. m. 1. A lover, a favourite, [Pañcatantra] 129, 7; [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 380. 2. The chief herdsman. 3. A horse with good marks. Iii. f. bhā, A mistress, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 6.

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

Vallabha (वल्लभ).—[adjective] dearest to ([genetive], [locative], or —°), dearer than ([ablative]), favourite, also as subst., [feminine] ā; [abstract] [feminine] (tva [neuter]).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vallabha (वल्लभ) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—See Daivajñavallabha, Bhūpālavallabha, Vidvajjanavallabha, Vaidyavallabha.

2) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—brother of Rūpa and Sanātana. L. 691.

3) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—father of Dalapatirāja. Io. 401.

4) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—a grammarian. Quoted in Gaṇaratnamahodadhi p. 29, by Mallinātha and Rāyamukuṭa.

5) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—Mokṣalakṣmīvilāsa.

6) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—Vidvajjanavallabha jy.

7) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—Vetālapañcaviṃśatikā.

8) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—Vaidyavallabha.

9) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—probably Harivallabha: Śabdenduśekharaṭīkā. NW. 60.

10) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—Samarpaṇagadyārtha.

11) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—son of Śiṅghaṇa Bhaṭṭa, father of Trimalla (Yogataraṅgiṇī), Rāma and Gopa. Io. 1074.

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

1) Vallabha (वल्लभ):—[from vall] mf(ā)n. ([Uṇādi-sūtra iii, 125]) beloved above all, desired, dear to ([genitive case] [locative case], or [compound]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] dearer than ([ablative]), [Pañcatantra iv, 28]

3) [v.s. ...] supreme, superintending, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a favourite, friend, lover, husband, [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] a cowherd, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([probably] [wrong reading] for ballava)

6) [v.s. ...] a horse ([especially] one with good marks or a favourite horse), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] a kind of Agallochum, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Balākāśva, [Mahābhārata]

9) [v.s. ...] of the founder of a Vaiṣṇava sect (= vallabhācārya q.v.)

10) [v.s. ...] of a grammarian and various other writers and teachers (also with gaṇaka and nyāyācārya), [Catalogue(s)]

11) Vallabhā (वल्लभा):—[from vallabha > vall] f. a beloved female, wife, mistress, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kālidāsa]

12) [v.s. ...] Name of two plants (= ativiṣa and priyaṅgu), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Vallabha (वल्लभ):—(bhaḥ) 1. m. A lover; a husband; horse with good marks; Indra's elephant; an overseer. f. A wife. a. Beloved; supreme.

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

Vallabha (वल्लभ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Vallaha, Vallahā.

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Vallabha 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vallabha (वल्लभ) [Also spelled vallabh]:—(a and nm) dear one; beloved; lover.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vallabha (ವಲ್ಲಭ):—

1) [noun] a man (as related to a woman to whom he is beloved); a lover.

2) [noun] a man as related to his wife; a husband.

3) [noun] a master; a lord; a king.

4) [noun] a man who tends grazing cattle; a cowherd.

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