Maniki, Māṇikī: 5 definitions


Maniki means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: The Śākta Pīṭhas

Māṇikī (माणिकी) is mentioned in a list of Śākta Pīṭhas as follows: Māṇikī—Aṣṭādaśa; probably wrong reading.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Orissa State Gazetteer

Maniki is the name of a milkmaid.—[Orissa medieval period ...] It is only at a later stage, after the death of Sri Chaitanya (circa 1534 A. D.) when due to a split between the Orissan and the Gaudiyan brands of Vaishnavites sectarian rivalry became so tense that each of the sects developed the literary medium as a powerful instrument of operation against its opponents and some really good poetry with a religious fervour was then produced. At that time even Purusottama Das, a poet and devotee of Lord Jagannath, portrayed the heroic Lord of the Kanchi-Kaveri tradition as the love-lorn Sri Krishna dallying with Maniki, a milkmaid, out to sell curd on the bank of the Chilika lake. [...]

Source: Cult of Jagannatha

Māṇikī (माणिकी) [Māṇikī Gopāluṇī] is the name of a milkmaid depicted as a sculpture on the walls of the temple of Jagannātha at Puri (one of the greatest religious monuments in India).—Accordingly, [...] On the other side of the walls there is the scene of Kañci-Kaveri expedition of King Puruṣottama Deva. Balabhadra and Jagannātha are seen riding on two black and white horses respectively, whereas Māṇikī Gopāluṇī (milk woman) is seen standing before the horses. According to tradition this Māṇikī Gopāluṇī gave curd to Balabhadra and Jagannātha when they were setting out in disguise, for Kañci to help King Puruṣottama Deva in the battle against the King of Kañci. There are various modern paintings inside the Natamandir [nāṭamandira]. The picture of Śaṃkarācārya offering obeisance to God Nṛsiṃha is to be seen there.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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India history and geography

Source: Annual Report of the Mysore Archaeological Department 1924

Maniki is one of the three daughters of Karma, according to the Pragvata (Prāgvāṭa) Dynasty of Kings mentioned in Chandapala’s commentary on Trivikramabhatta’s Nalachampu and the Guruganaratnakara (Gurugaṇaratnākara).—Karma son of (Sajjana?) married Somi in A.D. 1446. Karma became the head of the Jaina Sangha and changed his captial to Agara. He had three sons, called (1) Ratna, (2) Sujesa and (3) Megha and also three daughters named Khambhi, Maniki, and Charuhiru. Of these Ratna married Ravum and had a son called Karma and a daughter named Rahi. Sujesa married Hyaman and had a son called Jiva, while Megha had two daughters Dapu and Ranji.

Source: Metal equipment catalogues of Sarasvati Civilization

Māṇikī (माणिकी) f. ‘dark part of pupil of eyeʼ; Rebus: maṇi—ʻjewel, ornamentʼ

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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