Nabha, Nābha: 18 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
1) Nābha (नाभ):—Son of Śruta (son of Bhagīratha). He had a son named Sindhudvīpa. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.9.16-17)
2) Nabha (नभ):—Son of Niṣadha (son of Atithi). He had a son named Puṇḍarīka. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.1)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Nabha (नभ).—A son of Niṣadha, and father of Puṇḍarīka.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 12. 1.
1b) A month sacred to Indra.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 37.
1d) A son of Nala and father of Puṇḍarīka of the dynasty of Kuśa, son of Rāma, (Nabhā, Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa and Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 202; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 52. Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 202. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 106.
1e) A son of Svārociṣa Manu.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 7
1f) A son of Auttama Manu.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 12.
1g) A Pravara Ṛṣi.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 199. 15.
1h) A Mantrakṛt.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 97.
1i) A son of Vipracitti.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 11.
2a) Nābha (नाभ).—The son of Śruta and father of Sindhudvīpa.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 9. 16.
2b) One of the ten sons of Hṛdīka.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 44. 82.
Nabha (नभ) or Nabhas is the son of Nala and the grandson of Niṣadha, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] From Atithi was born Niṣadha. Nala was the son of Niṣadha and his son was Nabha. From Nabha (Nabhas) was born Candrāvaloka and from the latter was born Tārāpīḍa.
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
Nabha (नभ).—Zero. Note: Nabha is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Nābha (नाभ) refers to the “navel” of the Buddha, to which his rays (raśmi) might return after emission, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). According to the Avadānaśataka and Divyāvadāna, it is a custom that, at the moment when the Buddha Bhagavats show their smile, blue, yellow, red and white rays flash out of the Bhagavat’s mouth, some of which go up and some of which go down. Those that go down penetrate into the hells (naraka); those that go up penetrate to the gods from the Cāturmahārājikas up to the Akaniṣṭas. Having travelled through the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu, the rays return to the Bhagavat from behind. According as to whether the Buddha wishes to show such-and-such a thing, the rays return to him by a different part of the body.
The returning of the rays into the navel (nābha) of the Buddha predicts a birth among the gods (devopapatti).
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: academia.edu: The epoch of the Mahavira-nirvana
King Nabha.—Kalpasutra tells us that Rishabha was born to King Nabha and Marudevi. King Nabha belonged to Ikshvaku dynasty and ruled over Kosala kingdom. Valmiki Ramayana and Vishnupurana gives the genealogy of the Ikshvaku dynasty. According to Vishnupurana, Ikshvaku king Nabhaga lived 15 generations before Dasharatha whereas Valmiki Ramayana mentions that Nabhaga was the father of Aja and the grandfather of Dasharatha. Another Ikshvaku king Nabha was the 5 th descendant (Kusha, Atithi, Nishadha, Nala, Nabha) of King Rama. Most probably, Rishabhadeva was the son of Ikshvaku King Nabhaga.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Nabha, (nt.) & Nabhas (in oblique cases) (Sk. nabhas; Gr. nέfos & nefέlh, Lat. nebula, Oir. nēl, Ags. nifol (darkness), Ohg. nebul. See also abbha) mist, vapour, clouds, sky A. I, 242; II, 50 (nabhā), III, 240, Sn. 687 (nabhasi-gama, of the moon); Vv 323, 352 (=ākāsa VvA. 161), 534 (id. 236), 6327 (id. 268); PvA. 65; Mhvs VII. 9 (nabhasā Instr.). (Page 347)
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
nabha (नभ).—m S The sky. 2 A cloud.
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nābhā (नाभा).—m ( P) sometimes nābha f The cyst or bag of the Musk animal Moschus moschiferus. 3 (nābhi) The nave of a wheel.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
nabha (नभ).—m The sky. A cloud.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Nabha (नभ).—a. Killing, hurting.
-bhaḥ The month Śrāvaṇa.
-bham The sky, atmosphere.
-bhā A spitting-pot.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-bhaḥ) 1. The month Sravana. 2. Æther, atmosphere. f.
(-bhā) 1. A spitting pot. 2. The city of the sun. E. nah to bind, affix bha; see nabhasa .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nabha (नभ).—m. A proper name, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 823.
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Nābha (नाभ).—I. a substitute for nābhi, when latter part of a comp. adj. or of a noun based on an adj., e. g. abja- and padma- (Having a lotus in his navel), m. A name of Viṣṇu. padma-nābha also, 1. A proper name. 2. A kind of spell. su-, adj. 1. Having a handsome nave, Mahābhārata 10, 625. 2. Having a beautiful centre, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 33, 12. kāla-, m. The name of an Asura or demon and others. kuśa-, m. A proper name, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 34, 3. tri-, m. A name of Viṣṇu (holding the three worlds in his navel), [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 8, 17, 26. dṛdha-, m. The name of a spell, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 30, 5. puṣkara-, m. A name of Viṣṇu, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 4, 6, 48. vatsa-, m. a particular poisonous tree. Ii. m. Epithet of Śiva, Mahābhārata 12, 10364. Iii. A proper name, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 9, 9, 16.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nabha (नभ).—[masculine] a man’s name.
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Nābha (नाभ).—(adj. —°) = nābhi q.v.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Nabha (नभ):—[from nabh] m. (rather [from] √nabh denoting ‘bursting forth’ or ‘expanding’ than [from] √nah ‘connecting’, [scilicet] heaven and earth) the sky, atmosphere (= nabhas), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) [v.s. ...] the month Śrāvaṇa, [Caraka]
3) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Manu Svārociṣa or of the 3rd M° (together with Nabhasya), [Harivaṃśa]
4) [v.s. ...] of one of 7 sages of the 6th Manv-antara, [ib.]
5) [v.s. ...] of a demon (son of Vipra-citti by Siṃhikā), [ib.; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
6) [v.s. ...] of a son of Nala (Niṣadha) and father of Puṇḍarīka (cf. nabhas), [Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
7) Nabhā (नभा):—[from nabha > nabh] f. a spitting-pot (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
8) [v.s. ...] Name of the city of the sun, [Horace H. Wilson]
9) Nābha (नाभ):—[from nābh] mfn. ifc. = nābhi, nave, navel, central point (cf. abja-nābha, vajra-n, su-n etc.)
10) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Mahābhārata]
11) [v.s. ...] of a son of Śruta and father of Sindhudvīpa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
12) Nābhā (नाभा):—[from nābh] [locative case] of nābhi (for -bhan).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nabha (नभ):—(bhaḥ) 1. m. The month Shrāvana; æther; sky. f. (bhā) A spitting pot; city of the sun.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
1) m. — a) *Himmelsraum , Luftraum. — b) ein best. Monat , = nabhas [Carakasaṃhitā 8,6.] — c) Nomen proprium — α) eines Sohnes des Manu Svāraciṣa und des 3ten Manu. — β) eines Ṛṣi im 6ten Manvantara. — γ) eines Unholds , Sohnes des Vipracitti. — δ) eines Sohnes des Nala. —
2) *f. ā — a) Spucknapf. — b) Nomen proprium der Stadt des Sonnengottes.
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1) am Ende eines adj. Comp. — a) Nabel. — b) Nabe des Rades. — c) Mittelpunct. —
2) Adj. Beiw. Śiva's. —
3) m. Nomen proprium eines Mannes.
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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