Nairanjana, Nairañjana: 5 definitions

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Nairanjana means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nairanjana in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Nairañjana (नैरञ्जन) is the name of a river according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “then the Bodhisattva Si ta t’o (Siddhārtha) grew up; renouncing the state of cakrvartin king, he went forth from home (pravrajita) in the middle of the night and went to the country of Ngeou leou pi lo (Uruvilvā) on the banks of the river Ni lien chan (Nairañjana) where he practiced asceticism for six years”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nairanjana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nairañjanā (नैरञ्जना) or Nirañjanā.—name of a river: noted only in tīru nirañjanā (gen. sg.) Lalitavistara 243.12 (verse); i m.c. for ai (MIndic e)? The modern vernacular name is given by [Boehtlingk and Roth] as Niladjan, by Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names) as Nīlājanā.

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Nairañjanā (नैरञ्जना).—once Nir° (q.v.; = Pali Nerañjarā), name of a river in Magadha: Lalitavistara 248.8; 252.15; 261.3 ff.; 272.8 ff.; 380.12; Mahāvastu (incomplete, for others see Index) ii.123.20; 131.12; 207.19; 237.17; 263.16 ff.; 300.14; 302.6 f.; iii.301.8; 425.18; Mahāvyutpatti 4191; Divyāvadāna 202.7; (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 581.12; Buddhacarita xii.90, 108 (in the latter ms. Nīr°, see s.v. Nir°).

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

1) Nairañjanā (नैरञ्जना):—[=nair-añjanā] [from nair > naiḥ] f. Name of a river (Nilajan) falling into the Ganges in Magadha (Behar), [Lalita-vistara]

2) [from nair-añjanā > nair > naiḥ] Name of a river, [Buddha-carita]

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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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