Cincini, Ciñcinī: 6 definitions



Cincini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chinchini.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Ciñcinī (चिञ्चिनी) is the name of a city on the shore of the sea, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter III, where the story of this city is told in “the founding of the city of Pāṭaliputra”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Ciñcinī, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: The Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottaratantra

Ciñcinī (चिञ्चिनी) refers to one of the ten kinds of sounds (śabda) according to Jayaratha (author of the 13th century commentary Tantrālokaviveka on Abhinavagupta’s Tantrāloka). Jayaratha cites the Brahmayāmala passage giving this order of the ten sounds (e.g., Ciñcinī). In the Svacchandatantra the ciñcinī sound is mentioned in connection with the prognostication of the time of death. This is taught as a simple method for Yogins who are not competent enough to observe the movement of the breath in order to determine impending death. The Yogin closes his ears with his thumbs and listens for any sounds that arise.

Ciñcinī corresponds with iḍā according to Dīkṣottara.—The Resonance is correlated with the three main channels of subtle yogic physiognomy. The left channel, known as iḍā, resonates with the ciñcinī sound, the right channel, called piṅgalā with the sound of a cricket (cīra) and the central suṣumnā channel reverberates like a bell. When the bell-like resonance in the central channel dies down the Yogin attains the silent, liberated state of Śiva.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ciñciṇī (चिंचिणी).—f C A plant of the Mimosa tribe, growing amidst grass and in rice-fields. Milch cattle are fed on it.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Ciñciṇī (चिञ्चिणी):—[from ciñcāṭaka > ciñcā] f. the tamarind tree, [Śārṅgadhara-paddhati]

2) [v.s. ...] ind. (onomatopoetic), [Haṃsa Upaniṣad] (also ciṇī).

3) Ciñcinī (चिञ्चिनी):—[from ciñcāṭaka > ciñcā] f. ‘rich in tamarind trees’, Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara iii, 9.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Ciñcinī (चिञ्चिनी):—f. Nomen proprium einer Stadt [Kathāsaritsāgara 3, 9.]

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Ciñciṇī (चिञ्चिणी):—v.l. für ṭiṇṭiṇi [HALL 16.]

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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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