Indranila, Indranīla, Indra-nila: 14 definitions



Indranila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील) refers to a “sapphire”, representing the material of Viṣṇu’s liṅga, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12, where the Devas and Viṣṇu requested Viśvakarman for liṅgas for the achievement of the desires of all people:—“[...] at our bidding Viśvakarmā made liṅgas and gave them to the devas according to their status. [...] Dharma took a liṅga of yellow stone, Varuṇa took a liṅga of dark blue hue. Viṣṇu took a liṅga of sapphire (Indranīla-liṅga). I, Brahmā, took a liṅga of gold. [...] Thus different kinds of liṅgas were given to them by Viśvakarmā which the devas and the celestial sages worship regularly. After giving the devas the various liṅgas from a desire for their benefit, Viṣṇu explained the mode of worship of Śiva to me, Brahmā”.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Sāndhāra, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56. The Sāndhāra group contains twenty-five out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under four groups in this chapter. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील):—One of the variations of the Sapphire (or, nīlamaṇi, one of the nine gems (navaratna)). It looks beautiful and black from inside and blue on the outer side. This variation is also known as the Śakranīla.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील) refers to “sapphire”, and is the name of a type of precious stone (gem or jewel) typically used in ancient India. Both the king (rājan) and the people used to keep previous stones as a part of their wealth and affluence. The king’s mansion was studded with precious stones of various kinds. The rich people possessed them in large quantity and used them in ornaments and for other purposes. The courtesans (gaṇiya) possessed costly jewels and their chambers were adorned with precious jewels. The palanquins of the kings, nobles and rich persons (śreṣṭhins) were inlaid with costly gems.

There were persons expert in the field of gem and jewels (e.g., indranīla) called maṇikāras (jewellers). There is a reference of maṇikāra-śreṣṭhin in Rājagṛha who had abundant gems and jewels. Various ornaments of pearls and jewels are mentioned in the texts viz. Kaṇagāvali (necklace of gold and gems), rayaṇāvali (necklace of jewels), muttāvali (necklace of pearls), etc. The above description of the various agricultural, agro-based, mining or forestry occupations clearly depicts the high level of perfection achieved in the respective fields.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

indranīla (इंद्रनील).—m S A sapphire.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

indranīla (इंद्रनील).—m A sapphire.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील).—[indra iva nīlaḥ śyāmaḥ] a sapphire; परीक्षाप्रत्ययैर्यैश्च पद्मरागः परीक्ष्यते । त एव प्रत्यया दृष्टा इन्द्रनीलमणेरपि (parīkṣāpratyayairyaiśca padmarāgaḥ parīkṣyate | ta eva pratyayā dṛṣṭā indranīlamaṇerapi) || Garuḍa. P.; R.13.54;16.69; Me.48,79.

Derivable forms: indranīlaḥ (इन्द्रनीलः).

Indranīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and nīla (नील).

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

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील).—m.

(-laḥ) A sapphire. E. indra best, and nīla blue.

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

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील).—m. a sapphire, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 47.

Indranīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and nīla (नील).

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

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील).—[masculine] sapphire.

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

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील):—[=indra-nīla] [from indra] m. a sapphire, [Raghuvaṃśa; Meghadūta; Śiśupāla-vadha; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Indranīla (इन्द्रनील):—(i + nī) m. Sapphir (himmelblau) [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 2, 9, 29.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 1065] (nach dem [Scholiast] [?auch Nalopākhyāna). Raghuvaṃśa 13, 54. 16, 69. Meghadūta 47. 75.] indranīlaka m. dass. [Śabdaratnāvalī im Śabdakalpadruma] ([Śabdakalpadruma] beide Male: = marakata Smaragd).

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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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