Vilepana: 9 definitions


Vilepana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Vilepana (विलेपन, “plastering”) refers to rule used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “Vilepana [refers to] Plastering of Savya, Vāma and Ūrdhvaka”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Vilepana (विलेपन) or Gandha refers to “fragrant sandal paste” and represents one of the various upacāras (offerings), in pūjā (ritual worship), as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Pūjā consists of offering hospitality, in the form of water to wash the feet, to drink, water for ablutions, offering a bath, new clothes, fragrant unguents, fragrant flowers and ornaments, food and so on. Each step in the pūjā process is called “saṃskāra” and each offering is called “upacāra” [viz., Vilepana].

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vilepana : (nt.) ointment; cosmetic; toilet perfume.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vilepana, (nt.) (vi+lepana) ointment, cosmetic, toilet perfume A. I, 107, 212; II, 209; Th. 1, 616 (sīlaṃ v. seṭṭhaṃ. Cp. J. III, 290); Pug. 51, 58; Pv. II, 316; DA. I, 77, 88. (Page 636)

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vilepana (विलेपन).—

1) Smearing, anointing.

2) An ointment, unguent, any cosmetic or perfume for the body (such as saffron, sandal &c.); न स्नानं न विलेपनं न कुसुमं नालंकृता मूर्धजाः (na snānaṃ na vilepanaṃ na kusumaṃ nālaṃkṛtā mūrdhajāḥ) Bh.2.19; यान्येव सुरभिकुसुमधूपविलेपनादीनि (yānyeva surabhikusumadhūpavilepanādīni) K.

Derivable forms: vilepanam (विलेपनम्).

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

Vilepanā (विलेपना).—(otherwise only °na, nt.), unguent: °nāṃ gṛhītvā LV 49.8 and 50.12, both verses, but note that °naṃ is as good metr.; all mss. with text; °nā ca kṣipiṣus LV 282.16 (verse), so Lefm. em., read with ms. A °nāś (other mss. °nāṃś, as if m.).

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

Vilepana (विलेपन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Perfume of the person, unguent or oil of Sandal, saffron, camphor, bdellium, &c. 2. Smearing the body with fragrant oils, &c. 2. Plastering. f. (-nī) 1. A woman adorned with perfumes, &c. 2. Rice-gruel. E. vi before lip to smear, aff. lyuṭ .

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

Vilepana (विलेपन).—i. e. vi-lip + ana, I. n. 1. Anointing the body with fragrant substances, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 198, 8. 2. Ointment, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 96, M.M. 3. Plastering. Ii. f. . 1. A woman adorned with perfumes. 2. Rice-gruel.

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

1) Vilepana (विलेपन):—[=vi-lepana] [from vi-lepa > vi-lip] n. smearing, anointing ([especially] with fragrant oils etc.), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Kathāsaritsāgara; Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] (ifc. f(ā). ), unguent, ointment, perfume for the person (as saffron, camphor etc.), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] a [particular] mythical weapon, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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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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