Vilocana; 5 Definition(s)


Vilocana 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vilochana.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Vilocana (विलोचन) is the name of a warrior who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side but was slain by Kālakampana, who participated in the war on Śrutaśarman side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 47. Accordingly: “... and again [after slaying many warriors] he [Kālakampana] slew five others that met him in fight, Bhīma, Bhīṣaṇa, Kumbhīra, Vikaṭa and Vilocana.”.

The story of Vilocana was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vilocana, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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vilocana : (nt.) the eye.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vilocana, (nt.) (vi+locana) the eye Dāvs. I, 41; ThA. 253. (Page 636)

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Vilocana (विलोचन).—The eye; R.7.8; Ku.4.1;3.67; तृष्णालोलविलोचने कलयति प्राचीं चकोरीगणे (tṛṣṇālolavilocane kalayati prācīṃ cakorīgaṇe) | Bv.1.4; also seeing, sight. -a. Distorting the eyes (viparītadṛṣṭi); शत्रुर्मित्रमुखो यश्च जिह्मप्रेक्षी विलोचनः (śatrurmitramukho yaśca jihmaprekṣī vilocanaḥ) Mb.12.168.14.

Derivable forms: vilocanam (विलोचनम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vilocana (विलोचन).—n.

(-naṃ) The eye. E. vi before loc to see, aff. lyuṭ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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