Anikini, aka: Anīkinī; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Anīkinī (अनीकिनी) refers to one of the varieties of the catuṣpadā type of song, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “the song which has in its middle, beginning and end, syllables with anusvāra, and the remaining pādas are without any such restriction, is called anīkinī”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Anīkinī (अनीकिनी).—A division of the army. (See under AKṢAUHIṆĪ).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anīkinī (अनीकिनी).—[anīkrānāṃ saṅghaḥ; anīkaṃ yuddhaṃ prayojanatayā astyasyāḥ iti vā, anīka-ini]

1) An army, host, forces.

2) Three chamūs or one-tenth of a complete army (akṣauhiṇī); 1935 foot, 6561 horse, 2187 elephants and as many chariots. चमूस्तु पृतनास्तिस्रस्तिस्रश्चम्बस्त्वनीकिनी । अनीकिनी दशगुणा प्राहुरक्षौहिणीं बुधाः (camūstu pṛtanāstisrastisraścambastvanīkinī | anīkinī daśaguṇā prāhurakṣauhiṇīṃ budhāḥ) || Mb.1.2.22.

3) A lotus.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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