Nabhidesha, Nābhideśa, Nabhi-desha: 2 definitions


Nabhidesha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Nābhideśa can be transliterated into English as Nabhidesa or Nabhidesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Nābhideśa (नाभिदेश) refers to the “locus of the navel”, according to the Tantrasadbhāva, an important Trika Tantra and a major authority for Kashmiri Trika Śaivites.—Accordingly, “(Energy) whose form is that of a Kadamba bud is grasped in the locus of the navel [i.e., nābhideśa]. It should then be contemplated in the fore part of energy as bearing a series of garland-like flames. He who is (thus) between Wind and Fire (i.e. prāṇa and apāna) falls (in a mystic swoon) without a doubt. One should meditate in the navel on (its) circular motion, which is hard to behold like a whirling firebrand. Without a doubt, (this act of) grasping is established in a subtle state”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nabhidesha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nābhideśa (नाभिदेश):—[=nābhi-deśa] [from nābhi > nābh] m. the region of the navel, [Hir.]

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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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