Naliga, Ṇāligā, Nāligā: 2 definitions


Naliga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Nāligā (नालिगा) is another name for Nālikā or Nālikāyantra (Cf. Ghaṭikāyantra) which refers to the “outflow water clock”.—in his Arthaśāstra, Kauṭilya prescribes that the outflow water clock (nālikā) should have a “perforation by [a needle made of] four māṣakas of gold and four aṅgulas in length”. It is highly probable that the unspecified metal in Āryabhaṭa’s verse is also gold. But a thin gold needle cannot pierce through a copper bowl. Hence Āryabhaṭa’s specification (and also Kauṭilya’s) should be understood to mean that “the perforation should be such that a gold wire, one pala in weight and eight aṅgulas in length, can pass through it”.

The Jyotiṣkaraṇḍaka (verses 11-14) lays down that the hole of the outflow water clock (nāligā) should be such that ninety-six hairs from the tail of a three years’ old female elephant calf, or twice that number from the tail of a two years’ old female elephant calf, or a gold needle of four magus' weight and four aṅgulas length should pass through it.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Ṇāligā (णालिगा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nālikā.

Ṇāligā has the following synonyms: Ṇāliā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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