Vikarala, Vikarāla: 9 definitions

Introduction

Vikarala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Vikarāla (विकराल) is the name of a teacher to whom the Kāpālika doctrine was revelead, mentioned in the Śābaratantra. The disciple of Vikarāla is mentioned as being Gorakṣa. The Śābara-tantra is an early tantra of the Kāpālika sect containing important information about the evolution of the Nātha sect. It also lists the twelve original Kāpālika teachers (eg.,Vikarāla). Several of these names appear in the Nātha lists of eighty-four Siddhas and nine Nāthas.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vikarāla (विकराल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.94) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vikarāla) 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vikarāla (विकराल).—a (S) pop. vikarāḷa a Formidable, frightful, hideous.

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

vikarāla (विकराल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—a Formidable, frightful.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vikarāla (विकराल).—a. Very dreadful or formidable, frightful; घृतप्रेमा बाहुर्विकचविकरालोल्वणरसः (ghṛtapremā bāhurvikacavikarālolvaṇarasaḥ) U.5.26.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vikarāla (विकराल).—name of a piśāca-prince: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 45.23.

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

Vikarāla (विकराल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Formidable, frightful. E. vi intensitive, karāla frightful.

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

Vikarāla (विकराल).—adj. Formidable.

Vikarāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vi and karāla (कराल).

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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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