by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Elu included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).
This word in Malayālam means 'Seven'.
(1) The seven qualities which would enhance prosperity are the following: Dhairya (courage), Śama (forbearance), Dama (control of the sense), Śucitva (cleanliness), Dayā (compassion), Mṛduvāk (geniality of speech) and Ahiṃsā (not giving injury to your friends).
(2) The seven divisions of Kerala are Venāṭ, Pūlināṭ, Karkanāṭ, Cītanāṭ, Kuṭṭanāṭ, Kuṭanāṭ and Malayamanāṭ.
(3) The seven Cittaśalyas are Daylight Candra, Woman past the prime of life, a pond without lotuses, a lovely person without learning, a lord greedy of wealth, a virtuous but poor man and a cruel royal attendant.
(4) Seven Karmas: Bravery, skill, courage, resourcefulness, non-withdrawal from war, magnanimity and commanding power.
(5) Seven solemnities: Māmmodīsa, Mūron, Kurbāna, Kumbasāra, Vivāha, Paṭṭatva and Tailābhiṣeka of the sick.
(17) Seven Vargas: King, Minister, Country, fort, treasury, army and strength of friends and relatives.
(18) Seven colours: White, black, red, green, yellow, blue and violet.
(20) Seven doṣas (defects): Laziness, arrogance, ignorance, profligacy, Hauteur, pride and selfishness.
(21) Seven vices: Hunting, dice, womanising, drinking squandering, harshness of speech and cruelty.