Nabha, aka: Nābha; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

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.

1c) See Prathakvānya;1 fourfold agni in gratadvoca sthāna.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 23.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 21.

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.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Nabha (नभ).—Zero. Note: Nabha is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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.

Source: The epoch of the Mahavira-nirvana
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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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)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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.

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Marathi-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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nabha (नभ).—m The sky. A cloud.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nabha (नभ).—a. Killing, hurting.

-bhaḥ The month Śrāvaṇa.

-bham The sky, atmosphere.

-bhā A spitting-pot.

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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