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==Origin==
 
==Origin==
Ilā is derived from "ilati viṣṇuvarāt puṁstvaṁ prāpnoti" which means 'attains manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu'.
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Ilā is derived from "ilati viṣṇuvarāt puṁstvaṁ prāpnoti" which means 'attains manhood by the boon of [[Viṣṇu]]'.
  
 
==Gender==
 
==Gender==
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==In Śrībhāgavatam==
 
==In Śrībhāgavatam==
* Ilā is the name of a daughter of Vaivasvata Manu. She obtained manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu and became famous as Sudyumna.
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* Ilā is the name of a daughter of [[Vaivasvata]] Manu. She obtained manhood by the boon of [[Viṣṇu]] and became famous as Sudyumna.
* She became woman again by the curse of śaṅkara while entering the Kumāravana.
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* She became woman again by the curse of [[Śaṅkara|śaṅkara]] while entering the Kumāravana.
* Budha wedded her and became father of Purūravas.  
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* [[Budha]] wedded her and became father of Purūravas.  
 
* Then Ilā's priest Vaśiṣṭha worshiped śaṅkara and got her a boon of being male and female for alternate months.
 
* Then Ilā's priest Vaśiṣṭha worshiped śaṅkara and got her a boon of being male and female for alternate months.
  
 
==In Rāmāyaṇa==
 
==In Rāmāyaṇa==
* Ilā was the son of Prajāpati Kardama, who entered the birthplace of Kārttikeya and became a woman known as ilā.  
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* Ilā was the son of [[Prajāpati]] [[Kardama]], who entered the birthplace of Kārttikeya and became a woman known as ilā.  
 
* After worshiping Pārvatī, she obtained the boon of being male and female for alternate months.
 
* After worshiping Pārvatī, she obtained the boon of being male and female for alternate months.
  
 
==In Ṛgveda==
 
==In Ṛgveda==
* Ilā is recognized as a goddess of light and brilliance along with Sarasvatī and Mahī.<ref>Ṛgveda 1.13.9</ref>  
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* Ilā is recognized as a goddess of light and brilliance along with [[Sarasvatī]] and Mahī.<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 1.13.9</ref>  
 
* She is accounted as the goddess of the earth. She resides in the center of the earth.
 
* She is accounted as the goddess of the earth. She resides in the center of the earth.
* She is declared as the daughter of Manu and the teacher of men.<ref>Ṛgveda 1.31.11</ref>  
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* She is declared as the daughter of Manu and the teacher of men.<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 1.31.11</ref>  
 
* The place sanctified by her feet on the sacrificial altar is used to keep the fire of the sacrifice.
 
* The place sanctified by her feet on the sacrificial altar is used to keep the fire of the sacrifice.
  
 
==Ilā In Purāṇas and Mahābhārata==
 
==Ilā In Purāṇas and Mahābhārata==
 
* She is pictured as the daughter of Manu.  
 
* She is pictured as the daughter of Manu.  
* She has changed her sex to enter a forbidden place or due to the efforts of the sages like Vasiṣṭha.
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* She has changed her sex to enter a forbidden place or due to the efforts of the sages like [[Vasiṣṭha]].
* She either becomes prince Sudyumna or the wife of Budha and mother of Pururavas.
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* She either becomes prince Sudyumna or the wife of [[Budha]] and mother of [[Pururavas]].
 
* She used to undergo change of sex once a month.
 
* She used to undergo change of sex once a month.
  

Latest revision as of 23:15, 16 December 2016

By M. A. Alwar


Sometimes transliterated as: Ila, IlA, Ilaa


Origin

Ilā is derived from "ilati viṣṇuvarāt puṁstvaṁ prāpnoti" which means 'attains manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu'.

Gender

Ilā is a feminine form.

Grammatical Origin

It can be split as ila+ka+ṭāp.

In Śrībhāgavatam

  • Ilā is the name of a daughter of Vaivasvata Manu. She obtained manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu and became famous as Sudyumna.
  • She became woman again by the curse of śaṅkara while entering the Kumāravana.
  • Budha wedded her and became father of Purūravas.
  • Then Ilā's priest Vaśiṣṭha worshiped śaṅkara and got her a boon of being male and female for alternate months.

In Rāmāyaṇa

  • Ilā was the son of Prajāpati Kardama, who entered the birthplace of Kārttikeya and became a woman known as ilā.
  • After worshiping Pārvatī, she obtained the boon of being male and female for alternate months.

In Ṛgveda

  • Ilā is recognized as a goddess of light and brilliance along with Sarasvatī and Mahī.[1]
  • She is accounted as the goddess of the earth. She resides in the center of the earth.
  • She is declared as the daughter of Manu and the teacher of men.[2]
  • The place sanctified by her feet on the sacrificial altar is used to keep the fire of the sacrifice.

Ilā In Purāṇas and Mahābhārata

  • She is pictured as the daughter of Manu.
  • She has changed her sex to enter a forbidden place or due to the efforts of the sages like Vasiṣṭha.
  • She either becomes prince Sudyumna or the wife of Budha and mother of Pururavas.
  • She used to undergo change of sex once a month.

Synonyms

  1. Earth
  2. Cow
  3. Sentence[3]

References

  1. Ṛgveda 1.13.9
  2. Ṛgveda 1.31.11
  3. As per Medinī.
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu