Naimisharanya, Naimiṣāraṇya, Naimisha-aranya: 8 definitions


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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)

[«previous next»] — Naimisharanya in Purana glossary
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.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य) or simply Naimiṣā is the name of a forest and one of the various Tīrthas (holy places) mentioned in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—In the very first chapter of the Saurapurāṇa the author designates Naimiṣā as the best of the tīrthas, best of the kṣetras as well, where there is the regular abode of the sages. The sages Saunaka and others who were the devotees of Śiva performed a long sacrifice in the Naimiṣāraṇya in order to please Śiva. Sūta Romaharśaṇa arrived there to visit the sages and the sages requested Sūta to narrate the Saura-purāṇa.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Naimisharanya in Hinduism glossary
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 dictionary

[«previous 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]

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

Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य):—[=nai-miṣāraṇya] [from nai-miṣa > nai] n. the N° w°, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Naimiṣāraṇya (नैमिषारण्य):—[naimiṣā-raṇya] (ṇyaṃ) 1. n. A sacred wood.

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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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