Manigriva, Maṇigrīva, Mani-griva: 11 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Manigriva in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव) is one of the sons of Kubera (distinct from Maṇibhadra who is also a Yakṣa), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.43 (“Description of Śiva’s wonderful sport”).—Accordingly, after Śiva spoke to Viṣṇu and Brahmā: “[...] In the meantime she saw Maṇigrīva, the other Yakṣas and their vast army with twice the splendour of Vasus. On seeing the lustrous Maṇigrīva the lord of Yakṣas, Menā was delighted and said—‘This is Śiva, the bridegroom of Pārvatī’. ‘This is not Śiva, the bridegroom of Pārvatī. He is only an attendant of Śiva’ said you to Menā, the wife of the mountain. By that time the god of fire passed by. On seeing his splendour twice that of Yakṣas, she said ‘This is Śiva, the bridegroom of Pārvatī’ but you said ‘No’. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 9. 22-23; 10 (whole).
Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)

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.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Manigriva in Hinduism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: 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’).

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Manigriva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव).—m.

(-vaḥ) One of Kuvera'S sons. E. maṇi a gem, grīvā the neck.

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

1) Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव):—[=maṇi-grīva] [from maṇi] mfn. ‘jewel. necked’, wearing a necklace, [Ṛg-veda i, 122, 14]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a son of Kubera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Maṇigrīva (मणिग्रीव):—[maṇi-grīva] (vaḥ) 1. m. One of the sons of Kuvera.

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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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