Difference between revisions of "Ilā"

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Ilā is derived from "ilati viṣṇuvarāt puṁstvaṁ prāpnoti" which means 'attains manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu'.
 
Ilā is derived from "ilati viṣṇuvarāt puṁstvaṁ prāpnoti" which means 'attains manhood by the boon of Viṣṇu'.
  
===Gender===
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==Gender==
 
Ilā is a feminine form.
 
Ilā is a feminine form.
  
===Grammatical Origin===
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==Grammatical Origin==
 
It can be split as ila+ka+ṭāp.  
 
It can be split as ila+ka+ṭāp.  
  
===In Śrībhāgavatam===
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==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.
 
* 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.
 
* She became woman again by the curse of śaṅkara while entering the Kumāravana.
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* 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===
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==In Rāmāyaṇa==
 
* Ilā was the son of Prajāpati Kardama, who entered the birthplace of Kārttikeya and became a woman known as ilā.  
 
* 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.
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* She used to undergo change of sex once a month.
 
* She used to undergo change of sex once a month.
  
===Synonyms===
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==Synonyms==
 
# Earth
 
# Earth
 
# Cow
 
# Cow

Revision as of 01:45, 8 January 2015

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