Naimisharanya, aka: Naimiṣāraṇya; 3 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Naimiṣāraṇya can be transliterated into English as Naimisaranya or Naimisharanya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य).—A Kṣetra and forest; a tīrtha where Goddess Lingadhāriṇī is enshrined;1 best in Kṛtayuga;2 sacred to the Piṭrs; here the spokes of Haricakra (Dharmacakra, Vāyu-purāṇa.) fell to pieces; here is the image of Viṣṇu in Vārāha form;3 the sage Pipplāda living there was questioned by Yudhiṣṭhira about aṅgārakavrata;4 the forest where the seers performed sacrifices.^5
- 1) Matsya-purāṇa 1. 4; 13. 26.
- 2) Ib. 106. 57; 109. 3; 110. 1; 180. 55; 246. 93.
- 3) Ib. 22. 12, 14; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 15.
- 4) Matsya-purāṇa 72, 2, Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 2. 8; Vāyu-purāṇa 2. 8; 21. 1; 23. 206; 77. 93; 108. 40 and 42.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य): Naimiṣāraṇya (Naimisha Forest) was an ancient forest mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It lay on the banks of the Gomati River (in Uttar Pradesh). The whole narration of Mahabharata took place at Naimisha forests, during a conclave of sages headed by sage Saunaka.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
(-ṇyaṃ) A wood celebrated as the residence of the Rishis, to whom Sauti related the Mahabharat. E. nimiṣa a twinkling of an eye, in which the sage Gauramukha destroyed a sort of Asuras, and aṇ aff. and araṇya a forest.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 1.4.35 < [Chapter 4 - Bhakta: The Devotee]
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The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
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The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)