Manigriva, aka: Maṇigrīva; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव).—A son of Kubera (see Nalakūbara).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 9. 22-23; 10 (whole).
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव) is the name of a guhyaka (demigods), or servant of Kubera (treasurer of the gods). Maṇigrīva and Nalakūbara were metamorphosed and transformed into trees due to a curse inflicted on them by Nārada, the celestial musician. The two guhyaka demigods, were deeply engrossed in amorous activities with their consorts, when Nārada arrived there. They did not pay attention to his arrival and continued their romantic deeds. Enraged by this negligence on their part, he cursed them to become twin Arjuna trees. When they began to beg his pardon Nārada advised them to pray Hari (Viṣṇu) with pure devotion. They would be relieved of their curse when the Lord glances at them compassionately.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव, “bejeweled neck”):—In Vedic hinduism, he is one of the sons of Kubera and his wife Bhadrā. Kubera is the Vedic God of wealth presiding over all earthly treasures. Maṇigrīva is also known as Varṇakavi (‘colorful poet’).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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