Naimisharanya, Naimiṣāraṇya, Naimisha-aranya: 6 definitions

Introduction

Naimisharanya 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 Naimiṣāraṇya can be transliterated into English as Naimisaranya or Naimisharanya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu

Naimisaranya refers to one of the 108 divyadesas according to Priyavaccan Pillai’s compendium of the Ramayana based on the Nalayirativviyappirapantam.—Naimisaranya is the mythical abode of Rsis and Seers where they meet to discuss or recite puranic discourses and lectures. The venue is on the Kolkata-Dehradun Railway, near Sitapur. Gomukhi (Goamdai) River flows nearby.

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context information

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: 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.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (N) next»] — Naimisharanya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य).—n.

(-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: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य).—[neuter] = [preceding] [neuter]

context information

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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