Vihvala: 13 definitions


Vihvala means something in 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Vihvala (विह्वल):—Agitated

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vihvala (विह्वल) refers to “distraught”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Śaṃkara said to Bhagavat (Viṣṇu): “I am disfigured (vikala), distraught (vihvala) and foolish (dhīvivarjita), and am not one whom you should have relations with (agamya) and (so) I do not ask you anything. And I do not ever want knowledge of the Command from you. Nonetheless, even though I have become distraught (vikala) in the Middle Country, I have come recalling to mind that scalpel of divine knowledge. [...]”.

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

Vihvala (विह्वल) refers to “(being) confused (by the arrows of Kāma)”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] He who remembers your next syllable, which is īśa with abja, vahni, and padma, is remembered by goddesses in heaven, Nāga maidens in the netherworld, and women on earth confused (vihvala) by the arrows of Kāma. One of pure mind who recites with complete devotion the lakṣmī-syllable, which is difficult for bad people to obtain, him the goddess of good fortune will always be eager to see, and although unsteady (by nature) she will remain at his doorstep out of devotion. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vihvala (विह्वल) (Cf. Ativihvala, Suvihvala) refers to “agitation”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, after Tāraka requested boons from Brahmā: “[...] That great demon [i.e., Tāraka] was crowned the king of the three worlds with the permission of Śukra, the preceptor of the demons. [...] Bringing the three worlds under his control, he declared Indra himself. He became the undisputed lord and ruled over them with perfect self-control. Dismissing the gods he installed demons in their places. Some gods he engaged in his personal service. O sage, the gods harassed by him, led by Indra, sought refuge in me. They were helpless and extremely agitated [i.e., ati-vihvala]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vihvala (विह्वल).—a.

1) Agitated, disquieted, perturbed, confused; क्षणमात्रसखीं सुजातयोः स्तनयोस्तामवलोक्य विह्वला (kṣaṇamātrasakhīṃ sujātayoḥ stanayostāmavalokya vihvalā) R.8.37.

2) Overcome with fear, alarmed.

3) Delirious, beside oneself.

4) Afflicted, distressed; वित्तव्याधिविकारविह्वलगिरां नामापि न श्रूयते (vittavyādhivikāravihvalagirāṃ nāmāpi na śrūyate) Bhartṛhari 3.59; Kumārasambhava 4.4.

5) Desponding.

6) Fused, liquid.

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

Vihvala (विह्वल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Agitated, alarmed, overcome with fear or agitation, beside one’s self, unable to restrain one’s self. 2. Distressed, afflicted. 3. Fused, liquid. 4. Desponding. E. vi before hval to shake, aff., ac .

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

Vihvala (विह्वल).—[vi-hval + a], adj. 1. Agitated, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 48, 2; overcome with fear or agitation, Chr. 34, 8. 2. Distressed, afflicted, Chr. 32, 28 (perhaps rather savihvala, in one word, full of emotion). 3. Fused, liquid. 4. Languishing, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 2. ed. 60, 25. 5. Desponding, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 142, 5.

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

Vihvala (विह्वल).—[adjective] discountenanced, perplexed, confused, exhausted; [neuter] [adverb]

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

1) Vihvala (विह्वल):—[=vi-hvala] [from vi-hval] mf(ā)n. agitated, perturbed, distressed, afflicted, annoyed (am ind.), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. myrrh, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Vihvala (विह्वल):—[vi-hvala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Agitated; alarmed; fused.

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

Vihvala (विह्वल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Bhibbhala, Vibbhala, Vihala, Vebbhala.

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Vihvala 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vihvala (ವಿಹ್ವಲ):—

1) [adjective] distressed; afflicted; annoyed.

2) [adjective] agitated; perturbed; bewildered.

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Vihvala (ವಿಹ್ವಲ):—

1) [noun] the condition of being perturbed or bewildered; bewilderment.

2) [noun] a man who is distressed, affelicted.

3) [noun] a man who is bewildered, utterly confused.

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Vihvaḷa (ವಿಹ್ವಳ):—[adjective] = ವಿಹ್ವಲ [vihvala]1.

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Vihvaḷa (ವಿಹ್ವಳ):—[noun] = ವಿಹ್ವಲ [vihvala]2.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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