Vel, Vēḷ: 9 definitions


Vel means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

The Sanskrit term Vēḷ can be transliterated into English as Vel or Veli, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Vel (“spear”) refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. Some of the implements of war mentioned are, for example, Vel.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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India history and geography

Source: Minor Chiefs and "Hero" in Ancient Tamilakam

Vēḷ or Vēḷir is a name related to the historical geography and rulers of ancient Tamil Nadu, occuring in Sangam literature such as the Akanāṉūṟu and the Puṟanāṉūṟu.—Notes: Ātimanti, fourteen īreḻu-vēḷir (Vēḷir-14), 206 notes Manti, 246 notes patiṉoru “eleven”, 258 notes Naṉṉaṉ, Utiyaṉ, tol “primeval (family?)”, 331 notes Paḻaiyar “the ancient”, kuṉṟakac-ciṟukuṭi “little hose of the hills”, Titiyaṉ), see Titiyaṉ (Rajan 2001: 360).

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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: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Vel in India is the name of a plant defined with Aegle marmelos in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Feronia pellucida Roth (among others).

2) Vel is also identified with Cardiospermum halicacabum It has the synonym Cardiospermum pumilum Blume (etc.).

3) Vel is also identified with Indigofera linnaei It has the synonym Hedysarum prostratum Burm. f. (etc.).

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

· Bibliotheca Botanica (1926)
· Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis (1834)
· Botaniska Notiser (1958)
· Species Plantarum.
· Schrift. Ges. Bef. Gesammt. Naturw. Marb. (1831)
· Linnaea (1844)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Vel, for example pregnancy safety, diet and recipes, extract dosage, chemical composition, side effects, health benefits, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vel (वेल्).—I. 1 P. (velati)

1) To go, move.

2) To be wanton.

3) To shake, move about, tremble. -II. 1 U. (velayati-te) To count the time.

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

Vel (वेल्).—[(ṛ)veḷ] r. 1st cl. (velati) 1. To go or move. 2. To shake, to tremble. r. 10th cl. (velayati-te) To count or declare the time.

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

Vel (वेल्).—see vell.

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Vel (वेल्).—i. 10 (rather a [denominative.] derived from velā), [Parasmaipada.] To declare the time.

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

1) Vel (वेल्):—1. vel ([varia lectio] for vell q.v.) [class] 1. [Parasmaipada] velati, to move, shake, [Dhātupāṭha xv, 33.]

2) 2. vel (rather [Nominal verb] [from] velā below) [class] 10. [Parasmaipada] velayati, to count or declare the time, [Dhātupāṭha xxxv, 28.] (Cf. ud-vela etc.)

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

Vel (वेल्):—(ṛ) velati 1. a. To go or move; to tremble. (ka) velayati 10 a. To count or declare time.

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Vel 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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