Valli, aka: Vallī; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Vallī (वल्ली) refers to “creepers” (eg., the guḍūcī). These plants are used to mark the boundary between two villages. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.247)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Vallī (वल्ली, “creeper”).—One the classifications of plants according to their stature. Vallīs are creepers with stems spreading on the ground (procumbent and decumbent). The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Vallī is listed as a classification for plants in the following sources:

The Manusmṛti 1.46-48 by Manu (also known as the Manusaṃhitā and Mānavadharmaśāstra).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Vallī (वल्ली) refers to a “creeper” (viz., a creeping plant), as mentioned in a list of eight synonyms for Vīrudh or Latā, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Vallī] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

2) Vallī (वल्ली) is also mentioned as a synonyme for Kaivartikā, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Ventilago madraspatana (red creeper) from the Rhamnaceae or “buckthorn family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.120-121. Ṭhākur B.S. et al identify it with either Smilax species or Ventilago species. Nāḍkarṇī suggests Ventilago madraspatana Gaertn. (Rhamnaceae). Even after Nāḍkarṇī’s identification the creeper needs further verification

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Vallī (वल्ली) is another name for Atyamlaparṇī, an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 3.130-131 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Vaidyaka Śabda Sindhu equates Atyamlaparṇī with Amlaloṇī (Cāṅgerī) Oxalis corniculata Linn. (also known as creeping woodsorrel or sleeping beauty) but Chopra identifies Cāṅgerī as Rumex dentatus Linn. Together with the names Vallī and Atyamlaparṇī, there are a total of twenty-one Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Vallī (वल्ली) refers to “areca nut” and is used in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.137-141a of the Īśvarasaṃhitā. Accordingly, “... they [eg., vallī] are already cooked, filling the cooking vessels (sthālī) and dishes (śarāva) are to be kept in all broad frying vessels (ambarīṣa). They are to be placed on vessels (pātra) smeared with (within) ghee (ghṛta), are hot and are to be spread out there. They which are heated and made greasy with powdered peppers, jīraka and ghee are to be stirred again and again with ladle. They are to be kept in vessels covered with clothes etc”.

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 5
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Valli refers to the “Goddess of chastity”, as mentioned in the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—In Cilappatikāram, the kuṟavai-kūttu further changes into nilamakkal-kuṟavai. Vañcikkāṇṭam speaks of the kunṟṟakkuṟavai in the twenty-fourth chapter as people living in mountainous areas joining together and singing the praise of the goddess of chastity (Valli) and Lord Murukan.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Valli (वल्लि, “the earth”):—The Sanskrit name of one of the two wifes of Ṣaṇnukha, a form of Murugan (the embodiment of skilful action).

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Vallī (वल्ली) is a word denoting a ‘village’ or ‘hamlet’ and can be seen as a synonym for grāma, often used in inscriptions.—Terms such as vallī are in many cases, associated with the names of the villages so as to become the ending part of the different place-names. Inscriptions throw light on the location of the villages in different ways. Firstly, they communicate us an idea about the country, the division and the sub-division to which these villages belonged. Secondly, the inscriptions provide information regarding theboundaries of the donated villages.

Source: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
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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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valli : (f.) a creeper.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vallī, (f.) (cp. Sk. vallī; for etym. see valaya) 1. a climbing plant, a creeper Vin. III, 144; J. V, 37; VI, 536; VvA. 147, 335 (here as a root?).—santānaka° a long, spreading creeper VvA. 94, 162.—2. a reed or rush used as a string or rope for binding or tying (esp. in building), bast (?) M. I, 190 (Neumann, “Binse”); J. III, 52 (satta rohita macche uddharitvā valliyā āvuṇitvā netvā etc.), 333 (in similar connection); DhA. III, 118.—3. in kaṇṇa° the lobe of the ear Mhvs 25, 94.—The compn form of vallī is valli°.

—koṭī the tips of a creeper J. VI, 548. —pakka the fruit of a creeper Vv 3330. —phala=°pakka J. IV, 445. —santāna spreadings or shoots of a creeper KhA 48. —hāraka carrying a (garland of) creeper Vism. 523=VbhA. 131 (in comparison illustrating the paṭicca-samuppāda). (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

vallī (वल्ली).—m (Or valī) A saint or reverend person in general. 2 fig. (Because devotees are privileged.) A wild, wilful, lawless fellow, a libertine.

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vallī (वल्ली).—f (S) A climbing or creeping plant generally. 2 In algebra &c. A series.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vallī (वल्ली).—f A creeping plant. m A saint. Fig. A libertine.

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

Valli (वल्लि).—f. [vall-in Uṇ.4.135]

1) A creeper, creeping or winding plant; भूतेशस्य भुजङ्गवल्लिवलयस्रङ्नद्धजूटा जटाः (bhūteśasya bhujaṅgavallivalayasraṅnaddhajūṭā jaṭāḥ) Māl.1.2.

2) The earth.

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Vallī (वल्ली).—f. A creeping plant, winding plant, creeper.

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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