Asikni, Asiknī: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Asikni (असिक्नि).—A river flowing through the Punjab in India. This is called Candrabhāgā and also Cīnāb (Cīnā). The Ṛgveda also mentions about this. (Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma Parva). (See full article at Story of Asikni from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Asikni (असिक्नि).—A wife of Dakṣa. Dakṣaprajāpati, son of Brahmā, commenced creation with his own mind. When he found that it was not conducive to the propagation of the species he pondered over the subject once more and decided to effect it by the sexual union of the male and the female. He, therefore, married Asikni daughter of Vīraṇaprajāpati. There is a version in the seventh Skandha of Devī Bhāgavata that Vīraṇī was born of the left thumb of Brahmā.* Then the virile Dakṣaprajāpati begot by Asikni five thousand Haryaśvas with a view to propagating his species and the Haryaśvas also evinced great desire to increase their number. Knowing this devarṣi Nārada of enchanting words approached them and said "Oh, Haryaśvas, I understand you, energetic young men, are going to continue creation. Phew! You are children who have not cared to understand the ins and outs or ups and downs of this earth and then how do you think you can create people? You are all endowed with the power to move about on all sides without any obstruction and you are only fools if you do not attempt so find out the limits of this earth". Hearing this they started on a tour to different sides of the earth to find out its boundaries. Just like worms fallen into the ocean the Haryaśvas have never returned so far.

2) When he found that the Haryaśvas were lost the mighty Dakṣa begot in the daughter of Vīraṇī a thousand sons called Śabalāśvas. They were also desirous of propagation but were also persuaded by the words of Nārada to follow the footsteps of their elder brothers. They discussed it among themselves and said "The words of the Maharṣi are right. We must also follow the course taken by our brothers. It is wise to commence creation after knowing the size of the earth." They also went to different sides and never returned just like rivers falling into the ocean. The loss of the Śabalāśvas infuriated Dakṣa and he cursed Nārada.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Asiknī (असिक्नी) or Vīriṇī is Dakṣa’s wife and mother of Umā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.13. Accordingly, as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O lord of subjects, let Asiknī, the beautiful daughter of Pañcajana, the lord of five tribes, be taken by you as your consort. Indulging in sexual intercourse you can create subjects many in number in a beautiful woman like her”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Asiknī (असिक्नी).—(River) in Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 18.

1b) The daughter of Pañcajana (Viraṇa, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) the wife of Dakṣa1 and the mother of Haryaśvas who were ten thousand in number (five thousand, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) of Śabalāśvas who were also a thousand in number2 and of sixty daughters.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 4. 51; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 89.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 5. 1, 24; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 2. 5, 21-30; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 90, 97.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 1; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 102.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Asiknī (असिक्नी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.22). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Asiknī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Asiknī (असिक्नी) refers to the wife of Dakṣa, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Dakṣa is spoken of as busy in creation. Ordered by Brahmā he creates the Sages, gods, demons etc. In order to have maithuni sṛṣṭi Dakṣa gets married to Asikni, the daughter of Prajāpati Viraṇa and begot sixty daughters. He gave ten daughters to Dharma in marriage, thirteen to Kaśyapa, twenty-seven to Soma, four to Ariṣṭanemi, two to Bahuputra, two to Kṛśāsva and two to Aṅgirasa.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asiknī (असिक्नी).—[sitā keśādau śubhrā jaratī, tadbhinnā avṛddhā, asita takārasya ṅīp ca P.IV.1.39 chandasi knameke Vārt.]

1) A young maidservant of the harem.

2) Night (Nir.).

3) Name of a river in the Punjab, mentioned along with others in the line. इमं मे गङ्गे यमुने (imaṃ me gaṅge yamune)...असिक्रिया मरुद्वृधे (asikriyā marudvṛdhe)... &c. Ṛgveda 1.75.5; करीषिणीमसिक्नीं च कुशचीरां महानदीम् (karīṣiṇīmasiknīṃ ca kuśacīrāṃ mahānadīm) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 6.9.23. a. black; त्वद् भिया विश आयन्नसिक्नीः (tvad bhiyā viśa āyannasiknīḥ) Ṛgveda 7.5.3. असिक्न्यस्योषधे (asiknyasyoṣadhe) Mahābhārata on 4.1.39.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asiknī (असिक्नी).—f. (-knī) 1. A girl attending upon the inner or women’s apartments. 2. A river. E. a neg. and sita white, because her hair is not whitened by age: kna is substituted for ta, and the affix is ṅīp.

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

1) Asiknī (असिक्नी):—a [Vedic or Veda] f. of 2. asita q.v.

2) [from asita] b f. ‘the dark one’, the night, [Ṛg-veda iv, 17, 15; x, 3, 1]

3) [v.s. ...] a girl attending in the women’s apartments, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a wife of Dakṣa, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of the river Akesines (afterwards called Candra-bhāgā) in the Pañjāb, [Ṛg-veda viii, 20, 25 and] (asiknī), [x, 75, 5.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asiknī (असिक्नी):—(knī) 3. f. Idem; a river.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Asikni (ಅಸಿಕ್ನಿ):—[noun] a young woman or a girl in the service of royal women.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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