Anikini, Anīkinī: 5 definitions


Anikini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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”.

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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)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anīkinī (अनीकिनी).—f. (-nī) 1. An army, a host, forces. 2. A certain force; onetenth of an Akshouhini, containing two thousand, one hundred and eighty-seven elephants, and as many cars, six thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven horses, and ten thousand, nine hundred and thirty-five foot. 3 A lotus. E. anīka an army, ini aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Anīkinī (अनीकिनी):—[from anīka] f. an army, a host, forces

2) [v.s. ...] a certain force

3) [v.s. ...] three Camūs or one-tenth of an Akṣauhiṇī (or of a complete army; 2187 elephants and as many cars, 6561 horses, and 10935 foot)

4) [v.s. ...] a lotus.

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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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