Manigriva, aka: Maṇigrīva, Mani-griva; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव).—A brother of Nalakūbara. (See under Nalakūbara).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

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)
Purāṇa book cover
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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

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव).—a son of Kubera.

Derivable forms: maṇigrīvaḥ (मणिग्रीवः).

Maṇigrīva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms maṇi and grīva (ग्रीव).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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