Nabhi, Nābhi, Nābhī: 41 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Google Books: The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting

According to the Matsya Purāṇa, Nābhi (navel) from heart to navel is 12 aṅgulas.

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Nābhi (नाभि) or “navel” refers to one of the various body parts whose Measurements should follow the principles of ancient Indian Painting (citra), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, a specific measurement of every limb of a man as well as of a woman is elaborately and systematically discussed. In this book, the writer has presented the measurement of almost all the body parts that should be maintained in a picture. For example, Nābhi (“navel”) should be 1 aṅgulas.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Nābhi (नाभि).—The saintly king who was the father of Lord Ṛṣabhadeva.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Nābhi (नाभि).—One of the sons of Medhātithi, who was a son of Priyavrata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Priyavrata was a son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being. Nābhi and Merudevī had a son named Ṛṣabha.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel” (of Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.49 (“The delusion of Brahmā”).—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogised Śiva: “[...] The seven oceans are your clothes. The quarters are your long arms. The firmament is your head, O all-pervasive. The sky is your navel (nābhi). The wind is your nose. O lord, the fire, the sun and the moon are your eyes. The clouds are your hair. The planets and the stars are your ornaments. O lord of gods, how shall I eulogise you? O supreme lord, you are beyond description. O Śiva, you are incomprehensible to the mind. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Nābhi (नाभि).—The eldest of Agnīdhra and of the country, Himāhva; married Merudevī; performed a sacrifice for the birth of a son; the Lord appeared in the course of the sacrifice and promised to be born as his son; this was Ṛṣabha the eighth avatār of Viṣṇu1 after he came of age, Nābhi had Ṛṣabha installed on the throne, and left with his queen for Viśālā for tapas and having propitiated Nārāyaṇa became a jīvanmukta.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 13; II. 7. 10; V. 2. 19; 3. 1-2, 17-20; 4. 1-3; XI. 2. 15; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 45, 59-60; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 38, 41, 50; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 16 and 18, 27.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 4. 3-5.

1b) A pupil of Kuśumi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 43.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel”, as taught in the Marma (“vital points of the body”) section of the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Agadatantra or Sarpavidyā).—The Kāśyapasaṃhitā specifically mentions that snake-bite in the sense organs, heart, between the eye-brows, bosom, belly, palate, joints, neck, forehead, chin, middle of the navel (nābhi-madhyaka) and joints of the feet, is highly risky.

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Nābhi (नाभि):—[nābhiḥ] Navel, Umbilicus. The depressed point in the middle of the abdomen. The Scar that marks the former attachment of umbilical cord to the fetus

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] Then the god Bhairava, who bore the form of Sadyojāta, shook. He leapt up by the power of knowledge and rolled around again and again. The god, intent on the ritual, secreted blood from the navel [i.e., nābhi], Liṅga and in the Cave. Then he became Bhairava, the abode of blood, in the sacrifice. (Thus) Bhairava bore the form of Sadyojāta (sadyarūpa—the Immediately Born)”.

2) Nābhi (नाभि, “navel”) refers to one of the seventeen stages of the rise of kuṇḍalinī, according to Abhinavagupta as drawn from the Devyāyāmala.—Cf. The seventeen syllables [i.e., saptadaśākṣara] of Mantramātā.—[...] These seventeen units [are] to be arranged in as many locations along the axis of the subtle body,  [as was] clearly known to Abhinava. Thus he presents an ascending series marking the stages of the rise of Kuṇḍalinī, the highest stage of which is that of the ‘Pure Self’ heralded by the Transmental just below it. In this set-up, drawn by Abhinavagupta from the Devyāyāmala, there are seventeen stages. These are [e.g., the Navel (nābhi), ...].

Jayaratha quotes this [Devyāyāmala] Tantra as a source of [Kālasaṃkarṣiṇī’s] Vidyā consisting of seventeen syllables. As the Devyāyāmala tells us that these places are related to the recitation of mantra, we may conclude that the seventeen syllables are contemplated in these seventeen places [e.g., Navel (nābhi)]. Accordingly, the Wheel of the Self can be said to be at the end of (i.e. after) the sixteen [i.e., ṣoḍaśānta].

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Croaking Frogs: (Yoga)

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel” representing one of the sixteen vital centres of the body (i.e., ādhāra), according to the Jyotsnā 3.73 (Cf. Gorakṣaśataka 14 and Svātmārāma’s Haṭhapradīpikā 3.72).—In Haṭhayoga, ādhāra refers to a vital point of the body, a seat of vital function. Jyotsnā verse 3.73 cites a passage attributed to Gorakṣa listing the ādhāras as [e.g., nābhi (navel), ...]. The Haṭhapradīpikā refers to sixteen ādhāras but does not name them or explain what they are. The Gorakṣaśataka also refers to sixteen ādhāras as something the Yogī should be familiar with, but does not name them.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 8), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The Nakṣatras—Rohiṇī and Kṛttikā, form the body of the Vatsara Puruṣa, the two Āṣāḍhas form his navel [i.e., nābhi], Āśleṣā forms the heart and Maghā, the heart-bladder; when benefíc planets pass through these, there will be happiness in the land; if malefic planets should pass through the body, there will be suffering from fire and winds; if they should pass through the navel, there will be suffering from starvation; if they should pass through the heart-bladder, roots and fruits will suffer, and if they should pass through the heart, crops will perish”.

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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.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

1) Nabhi (नभि) refers to the “(cakra of the) navel”, according to the Tantrasadbhāva (verse 6.218): an important Trika Tantra and a major authority for Kashmiri Trika Śaivites.—Accordingly, “For those who know the Self, Prayāga should be understood as located in the [cakra of the] navel [i.e., nābhi-saṃsthā], Varuṇā [i.e. Vārāṇasī] in the heart region, Kolagiri in the throat, Bhīmanāda in the palate, Jayantī in the place of Bindu, Caritra in [the plexus] called Nāda, and Ekāmraka in [the plexus of] Śakti. The eighth, Koṭivarṣa, is likewise said to be in the Mouth of the Guru. These are the places I have declared to be present in the person internally”.

2) Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel” representing one of the nine Granthis (‘knots’ or ‘joints’), according to verse 4.497ff of the Brahmayāmala-tantra (or Picumata), an early 7th century Śaiva text consisting of twelve-thousand verses.—Accordingly, “[...] A series of nine lotuses is visualized situated at points in the body called granthis (knots or joints). These are located at the crown of the head, the forehead, throat, navel (nābhi), knees, mouth, heart, genitals, and feet, following the order of their sequence in nyāsa. The eight-petalled lotuses situated therein are loci for installation of the principal nine deities: Kapālīśabhairava, who is installed in the crown lotus, and two sets of four goddesses, the Devīs [i.e., Caṇḍākṣī, to be installed on the navel] and the Dūtīs. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Gitashastra (science of music)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (gita)

Nābhi (नाभि, “navel”) refers to one of the five kinds of sthāna (the organs of utterance), according to the Saṃgītaratnākara.—During the practise of Vocal Music, the proper production of the concerned sound is always considered as very important. Sthāna or ucchāraṇasthāna is the place of articulation of sound. Bhattojidīkṣita in his Siddhāntakaumudī said about ten kinds of sthāna (i.e., the organs of utterance), e.g., nābhi (i.e., lips).

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Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

1) Nābhi (नाभि) develops from the literal sense of ‘navel’ the figurative meaning of ‘relationship’, or, concretely, ‘relation’.

2) Nābhi (नाभि, ‘nave’) of a chariot wheel, is mentioned in the Rigveda and later. See also Ratha, and cf. Nabhya.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Nābhi (नाभि, “navel”) refers to that part of the human body from which the Buddha emitted numerous rays when he smiled with his whole body after contemplating the entire universe, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, having himself arranged the lion-seat, the Bhagavat sat down cross-legged; holding his body upright and fixing his attention, he entered into the samādhirājasamādhi. Then, having tranquilly come out of this samādhi and having contemplated the entire universe with his divine eye (divyacakṣus), the Bhagavat smiled with his whole body. Wheels with a thousand spokes imprinted on the soles of his feet (pādatala) shoot out six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays. In the same way, beams of six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays are emitted from his navel (nābhi).

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Nābhi (नाभि) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Nābhi).

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel” and is associated with the syllable triṃ, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “[Do caturviṃśati-aṅga nyāsa; Touch twenty-one parts of one’s body with right middle finger, and recite seed syllables] ... Triṃ on the navel (triṃ nābhi)”.

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to the “navel region”, according to chapter 50 of the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly, “Now, I will explain the characteristic of Mahākaṅkāla. [...] [The practitioner] devotes himself to the yogic union of churner and the churnable by means of the threads (viz., channels) in the middle of [his] navel region (nābhi-madhyatas). [Awakening minds,] assuming the shape of the letter ha , [flow down] from [his] head appearing like single threads (viz., channels). [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

Jain philosophy

Source: Anekanta Jaya Pataka of Haribhadra Suri

Nābhi (नाभि) is the name of a Kulakara (patriarch), as occurring in the Anekāntajayapatākā-prakaraṇa, a Śvetāmbara Jain philosophical work written by Haribhadra Sūri.—[Cf. Vol. I, P. 199, l. 25]—‘Nābhi’ is the name of the seventh kulakara (patriarch). He had a wife named Marudevī. She gave birth to Lord Ṛṣabha.

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General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

1) Nābhi (नाभि) is the father of Ṛṣabha, the first of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The wife of Nābhi is is Merudevī. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

2) Nābhi (नाभि) is the name of a kulakara (law-giver) according to Śvetāmbara sources. His wife is named Marudevī. The kulakaras (similair to the manus of the Brahmanical tradition) figure as important characters protecting and guiding humanity towards prosperity during ancient times of distress, whenever the kalpavṛkṣa (wishing tree) failed to provide the proper service.

These law-givers (e.g., Nābhi) are listed in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Nābhi (नाभि) is the son of Marudeva and Śrīkāntā, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.


“[...] finally, twins were born from Śrīkāntā [by Marudeva], boy and girl, named Nābhi and Marudevī. Five hundred and twenty-five bows tall, together they grew up like forgiveness and self-control. Marudevā, with the beauty of the priyaṅgu, and Nābhi, having the color of pure gold, looked like images of their parents from the identity of color. The life of these two noble persons was measured by numbered pūrvas and was somewhat less than Śrīkāntā’s and Marudeva’s. After death Marudeva attained the status of a Dvīpakumāra and Śrīkāntā that of a Nāgakumāra. After that Nābhi became the seventh patriarch of the twins, and ruled them properly by these three laws [i.e., Hākāra, Mākāra and Dhikkā]”.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Nābhi (नाभि) refers to “(playful) knowledge”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Certainly in this world the one knowing the higher knowledge constantly obtains fearlessness [and] happiness that is beyond the senses [and] imperishable through the reflections with playful knowledge (dīvyat-nābhi). The fire of passion becomes extinguished, desire flows away, darkness disappears [and] the light of knowledge shines forth in the heart for men from the repetition of the reflections”.

Synonyms: Jñā.

Source: SOAS Research Online: Prekṣā meditation: History and Methods

Nabhī (नभी) refers to “having a name”; as opposed to Nabhī—“nameless” which refers to one of the 46 qualities of the soul to be meditated on in the “Practice of Meditation on Liberated Souls (Siddhas)”, according to Jain texts like Ācārāṅga (5.6.123-140), Ṣaṭkhaṇḍāgama ( and Samayasāra (1.49).—The pure soul can be recognised by meditation on its true nature, represented by the liberated souls of the Siddhas. [...] The qualities of the soul to be meditated on as truly mine are: [e.g., My soul is nameless (a-nabhī)] [...] The meditation on such extended fourty-five qualities of the pure soul presents the niśacaya-naya, which is aligned with Kundakunda’s approach.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Nabhi in India is the name of a plant defined with Aconitum ferox in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Aconitum ferox Wall..

2) Nabhi is also identified with Aconitum napellus It has the synonym Aconitum napellus S.G. Gmel. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Flora Japonica (Thunberg) (1784)
· Br. Med. J. (1958)
· Taxon (1980)
· Cell and Chromosome Research (1988)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1987)
· Species Plantarum (1753)

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nābhi : (f.) the naval; the nave of a wheel.

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

Nābhi, & Nābhī (f.) (Vedic nābhi, nābhī; Av. nabā; Gr. o)mfalόs (navel); Lat. umbo & umbilicus; Oir. imbliu (navel); Ags. nafu; Ohg. naba (nave), Ger. nabel=E. nave & navel) 1. the navel A. III, 240; J. I, 238; DA. I, 254 (where it is said that the Vessā (Vaiśyas) have sprung from the navel of Brahmā).—2. the nave of a wheel Vv 644 (pl. nabhyo & nabbho SS=nābhiyo VvA. 276); J. I, 64; IV, 277; Miln. 115. (Page 350)

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nābhi (नाभि).—f m (S) The navel. 2 The nave of a wheel. 3 The central or the focal point gen.

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

nābhi (नाभि).—f m The navel. The nave of a wheel. The central or the focal point gen.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nabhi (नभि).—A wheel.

Derivable forms: nabhiḥ (नभिः).

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Nābhi (नाभि) or Nābhī (नाभी).—m., f. [nah-iñ bhaścāntādeśaḥ cf. Uṇādi-sūtra 4.125]

1) The navel; गङ्गावर्तसनाभिर्नाभिः (gaṅgāvartasanābhirnābhiḥ) Daśakumāracarita 2. &c.; निम्ननाभिः (nimnanābhiḥ)Meghadūta 84,28; R.6.52; अरा इव रथनाभौ प्राणे सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितम् (arā iva rathanābhau prāṇe sarvaṃ pratiṣṭhitam) Praśn. Up.

2) Any navel-like cavity. -m.

1) The nave of a wheel; अरैः संधार्यते नाभिर्नाभौ चाराः प्रतिष्ठिताः । स्वामिसेवकयोरेवं वृत्तिचक्रं प्रवर्तते (araiḥ saṃdhāryate nābhirnābhau cārāḥ pratiṣṭhitāḥ | svāmisevakayorevaṃ vṛtticakraṃ pravartate) || Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.81.

2) The centre, focus, chief point; समुद्रनाभ्यां शाल्वोऽभूत् सौभमास्थाय शत्रुहन् (samudranābhyāṃ śālvo'bhūt saubhamāsthāya śatruhan) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.2.17.

3) Chief, leader, head; कृत्स्नस्य नाभिर्नृपमण्डलस्य (kṛtsnasya nābhirnṛpamaṇḍalasya) R.18.2.

4) Near relationship, community (of race &c.); as in सनाभि (sanābhi) q. v.

5) A paramount sovereign or lord; उपगतोऽपि च मण्डलनाभिताम् (upagato'pi ca maṇḍalanābhitām) R.9.15.

6) A near relation.

7) A Kṣatriya

8) Home.

9) A field; Nm.

-bhiḥ f. Musk. (i. e. mṛganābhī). [N. B. नाभि (nābhi) at the end of Bah. comp. becomes नाभ (nābha) when the comp. is used as epithet; as पद्मनाभः (padmanābhaḥ).]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nabhi (नभि).—m.

(-bhiḥ) A wheel.

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Nābhi (नाभि).—f. (-bhiḥ-bhī) 1. The nave of a wheel. 2. Musk. mf. (-bhiḥ or bhī) The navel, m.

(-bhiḥ) 1. An emperor, a sovereign, a lord, paramount. 2. The centre, focus, chief point. 3. A king, a chief. 4. A Kshetriya or Hindu of the regal and military tribe. 5. The son of Priyavrata. 6. A race, a family. E. nah to bind, Unadi affix iñ, and bha substituted for ha.

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

Nābhi (नाभि).— (nabh + i ?), f. (also

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Nābhī (नाभी).—), and m. 1. The navel, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 92. 2. The nave of a wheel, Mahābhārata 1, 726. 3. Centre, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 16, 7. 4. Chief, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 18, 19. 5. Musk, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 53. 6. (m. ?) The musk animal, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 21, 44. 7. m. A proper name, 5, 2, 19.

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

Nābhi (नाभि).—[feminine] ([masculine]) the navel or any navel-like cavity, the nave of a wheel (also nābhī [feminine]) centre, middle, rallying point, community of race or family, home, concr. relative, friend; (*[feminine]) musk, musk animal.

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Nābhī (नाभी).—v. nābhi.

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

1) Nabhi (नभि):—m. a wheel, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) Nābhi (नाभि):—[from nābh] f. ([probably] [from] √1. nabh, ‘to burst asunder or into a hole’; ifc. f. i or ī, [Vāmana’s Kāvyālaṃkāravṛtti v, 49]) the navel (also n°-string cf. -kṛntana), a navel-like cavity, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (in later language also m. and f(bhī). )

3) [v.s. ...] the nave of a wheel, [ib.] (also m., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc., and] bhī f.)

4) [v.s. ...] centre, central point, p° of junction or of departure, home, origin, [especially] common o°, affinity, relationship

5) [v.s. ...] a near relation or friend, [ib.] (m., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

6) [v.s. ...] musk: (= mṛga-n), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] m. or f. musk-deer, [Meghadūta 53 (?); Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

8) [v.s. ...] m. a chief (= central point) of ([genitive case]), [Raghuvaṃśa xviii, 19] (cf. maṇḍala-nābhi-tā)

9) [v.s. ...] a sovereign or lord paramount (= mukhya-rāj), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] a Kṣatriya, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] Name of a grandson of Priya-vrata (son of Agnīdhra and father of Ṛṣabha), [Purāṇa]

12) [v.s. ...] of the father of Ṛṣabha (first Arhat of the present Avasarpiṇī), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] cf. [Anglo-Saxon] nafu, nafela; [German] naba, Nabe, nabolo, Nabel; [English] nave, navel.

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

1) Nabhi (नभि):—(bhiḥ) 2. m. A wheel.

2) Nābhi (नाभि):—[(bhiḥ-bhī)] 2. 3. f. The nave of a wheel, musk. m. f. The navel. m. A king; a kshetriya; a race.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Nābhi (नाभि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ṇābhi.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Nābhi (नाभि):—[[~bhī]] (nf) the navel; umbilicus, hub; -[keṃdra] the focal point, focus; -[mūla] the part of the abdomen just below the navel.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Ṇābhi (णाभि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nābhi.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nabhi (ನಭಿ):—[noun] a solid or partly solid disk or a circular frame connected by spokes to a central hub, capable of turning on a central axis and used as to move vehicles or transmit power in machinery; a wheel.

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Nābhi (ನಾಭಿ):—

1) [noun] the depression in the centre of the surface of the abdomen indicating the point of attachment of the umbilical cord to the embryo; navel; umbilicus.

2) [noun] the central point or middle of any thing or place.

3) [noun] the hub of a wheel; the nave.

4) [noun] the point where rays of light, heat, etc. or waves of sound come together or from which they spread or seem to spread; focus.

5) [noun] the plant Aconitum heterophyllum of Ranunculaceae family, the non-poisonous rhizome of which is regarded as antiperiodic and tonic.

6) [noun] a close relation from paternal side.

7) [noun] a king of kings; a supreme ruler; an emperor.

8) [noun] a man belonging to the military caste.

9) [noun] a substance with a strong, penetrating odour, obtained from a small sac (musk bag) under the skin of the abdomen in the male musk-deer; musk.

10) [noun] (dance.) a sphere, on and around the navel, as one of the thirteen spheres of hand movement.

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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Nābhi (नाभि):—n. 1. navel; 2. hub (of a wheel); the nave of a wheel; 3. village-leader; chief of an area; 4. (of male musk-deer) musk; 5. genital of crocodile; snake; fish; 6. the center; focus;

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