Vallabha, aka: Vallabhā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

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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.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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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: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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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.

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

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

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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)

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

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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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

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

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

1) Beloved, desired, dear.

2) Supreme.

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

2) A favourite; करोति निर्विकल्पं यः स भवेद्राजवल्लभः (karoti nirvikalpaṃ yaḥ sa bhavedrājavallabhaḥ) Pt.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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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