Karunanidhi, Karuṇānidhi, Karuna-nidhi: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Karunanidhi in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Karuṇānidhi (करुणानिधि) refers to the “merciful lord” and is used as an epithet for Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] O merciful lord (i.e., Karuṇānidhi), we have been protected always by you alone from different miseries. Similaly protect us now. O lord the blesser, O lord of Durgā, revive the incomplete sacrifice of Dakṣa Prajāpati immediately. Let Bhaga regain his sight, let the initiated Dakṣa be restored to life, let the teeth of Pūṣan grow, let the moustaches of Bhṛgu appear as before”.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karunanidhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karuṇānidhi (करुणानिधि).—store of mercy.

Derivable forms: karuṇānidhiḥ (करुणानिधिः).

Karuṇānidhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karuṇā and nidhi (निधि).

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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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