Nalini, Nalinī, Nālīnī, Nālinī: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Nalinī (नलिनी):—Wife of Ajamīḍha (one of the three sons of Hastī). They had a son named Nīla. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.30)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nalinī (नलिनी).—A branch of the Ganges. When the heavenly Gaṅgā came down to the earth as a result of the penance of Bhagīratha, Śiva received it on his head. It is seen in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Bāla Kāṇḍa, Sarga 43, that when the Gaṅgā fell drown from the head of Śiva it split into seven river-arms called Hlādinī, Pāvanī, Nalinī, Sucakṣus, Sītā, Sindhu and Gaṅgā. The Ganges which flows through North India is one of these seven river-arms.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Nalinī (नलिनी).—One of the eastern entrances of the city of Purañjana1 allegorically the nostrils.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 25. 48.
  • 2) Ib. 29. 11.

1b) One of the wives of Ajamīḍha and mother of Nīla.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 30. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 56.

1c) A river in Śākadvīpa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 96; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 65.

1d) Digging of lakes at the auspicious hour; the same prescription as for the excavation of tadāga; is also Puṣkaraṇi.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 58. 1, 51.

1e) A name for the Ganges;1 a stream of the Gangā, flows east through the countries of Tomara, Haṃsamārga, Haihaya, Karṇaprāvaraṇa, Aśvamukha, Śikatāparvatamaru, Vidyādhara, and Nāgamaṇḍala and reaches the salt ocean;2 one of the seven streams, and one of the three going towards the western direction.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 102. 6.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 40, 58-61; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 38 and 56.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 121. 40.

2) Nālīnī (नालीनी).—One of the Eastern entrances to the city of Puranjana; allegorically the nostrils.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 25. 48; 29. 11.
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Nalinī (नलिनी) is the name of a meter belonging to the Gāyatrī class of Dhruvā (songs) described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32:—“the metre which has in its feet of six syllables twice two short syllables followed by a long one, is nalinī”.

Nalinī is also the name of a meter belonging to the Anuṣṭubh class of Dhruvā (songs) described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32:—“the metre which has in its feet of eight syllables the fifth and the final long ones, is nalinī”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The kingdom of Vessavana.; but VvA. (339, 340) explains Nalini as a kilanatthana. This agrees with D.iii.202, where mention is made of a Kuvera nalini as one of the beauties of Vessavanas kingdom.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nalinī : (f.) a lotus pond.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nalinī, (f.) (Sk. nalinī) a pond J. IV, 90; Vism. 84, 17. (Page 348)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nalinī (नलिनी).—f S An assemblage of lotus-flowers. 2 A place abounding in lotus-plants. 3 The stalk of a lotus. nalinīpatra n A lotus-leaf. Ex. prapañcīṃ rahāvēṃ nalinīpatra jaisēṃ || alipta hēṃ asēṃ pāhīla tyālā ||.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nalinī (नलिनी).—f An assemblage of lotus-flowers. A place abounding in lotus-plants. The stalk of a lotus. nalinīpatra n A lotus leaf.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nalinī (नलिनी).—

1) A lotus-plant; न पर्वताग्रे नलिनी प्ररोहति (na parvatāgre nalinī prarohati) Mk.4.17; नलिनीदलगतजलमतितरलम् (nalinīdalagatajalamatitaralam) Moha M.5; Ku.4.6.

2) An assemblage of lotuses.

3) A pond or place abounding in lotuses. राजन्तीं राजराजस्य नलिनीमिव सर्वतः (rājantīṃ rājarājasya nalinīmiva sarvataḥ) Rām.2.95.4; नलिन्यो यत्र क्रीडन्ति प्रमदाः सुरसेविताः (nalinyo yatra krīḍanti pramadāḥ surasevitāḥ) Bhāg.8.15.13.

4) A lotus or the stalk of it.

5) The celestial Ganges.

6) The intoxicating juice of the cocoa-nut.

7) A myst.

8) Name of one of the nostrils.

9) the city of Indra (śakrapurī); 'वस्वौकसारा श्रीदस्य शक्रस्य नलिनी पुरी (vasvaukasārā śrīdasya śakrasya nalinī purī)' इति हरिः (iti hariḥ); Rām.2.94. 26.

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Nālinī (नालिनी).—A mystic name of one nostril; Bhāg.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nalinī (नलिनी).—(= Pali Naḷ°, oftener Naḷinikā), name of the heroine of the Nalinī Jātaka (colophon °nīye rājakumārīye jātakaṃ Mahāvastu iii.152.19), a daughter of a king of Benares, who seduced Ekaśṛṅga: Mahāvastu iii.146.4 ff.

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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. 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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