Kinnari, Kinnarī: 4 definitions
Kinnari means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Kinnarī (किन्नरी) refers to a group of deities, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.22. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On the top of the mountain near the city of Himālaya (śailarājapura), Śiva sported about for a long time in the company of Satī. [...] Many kinds of semid-ivine beings the Aśvamukhas, the Siddhas, the Apsaras, the Guhyakas, etc. roamed there. Their women-folk, the Vidyādharīs, the Kinnarīs and the mountain lasses played about here and there. The celestial damsels played on their lutes, tabours and drums and danced with enthusiasm.”.
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.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Kinnarī (किन्नरी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Kinnara forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Ākāśacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the ākāśacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Kinnarī] and Vīras are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife. Alternatively, the Ḍākinīs have their own marks and motions according to the taste instead of a small drum and a skull staff.
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
kinnarī : (f.) a kinnara woman.
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
kinnarī (किन्नरी).—f (S) A particular musical instrument. 2 A female chorister or musician in svarga.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+5): Kinnara, Rathavati, Pandaraka, Tonaga, Kunti, Mahavaruna, Raktadhara, Brahmasabha, Shatadru, Pataha, Mridanga, Dantika, Vipanci, Apsaras, Vidyadhari, Turangavadana, Asitabhu Jataka, Vaccha, Guhyaka, Ashvamukha.
Search found 18 books and stories containing Kinnari, Kinnarī; (plurals include: Kinnaris, Kinnarīs). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter XIII - The Kinnarī Jātaka < [Volume II]
Chapter XX - Śyāmaka Jātaka < [Volume II]
The Ramayana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 111 - Nahuṣa Enters Mahodaya, the City of Huṇḍa < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
Chapter 22 - The Story of Five Gandharva Maidens < [Section 3 - Svarga-khaṇḍa (section on the heavens)]
Chapter 125 - The Importance of Māgha As Told by Bhṛgu < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 6: Story of Prabhāvatī < [Chapter III - Birth, youth, initiation, and omniscience of Śrī Pārśva]
Part 7: Defense of Prasenajit < [Chapter III - Birth, youth, initiation, and omniscience of Śrī Pārśva]
Village Folk-tales of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), vol. 1-3 (by Henry Parker)