Nanalankara, Nana-alankara, Nānālaṅkāra, Nānālaṃkāra, Nana-alamkara: 2 definitions


Nanalankara 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Nanalankara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Nānālaṅkāra (नानालङ्कार) refers to “many ornaments”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, while describing the Mūrti (visualized iconic form) of the goddess Mālinī: “She is like the rising sun and is blissful with wine. Very beautiful, she has five faces and is radiant with five time three eyes. She is adorned with beautiful earrings and shines with diadem and crown. She has ten arms adorned with many ornaments [i.e., nānālaṅkāra-maṇḍitā]. O beloved, (she holds) a bow, javelin, conch, makes the gesture of fearlessness and holds a mirror. (Such) is the divine weapon in her left hands. (She holds) a thunderbolt, arrow, snake, makes a boon bestowing gesture and holds a rosary. O goddess, such is the divine weapon (held) by (her) right (hands)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nanalankara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nānālaṃkāra (नानालंकार) refers to “various ornaments”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.37 (“The letter of betrothal is dispatched”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] The brilliant rivers, Śoṇabhadra and others came delightfully to be present at the marriage of Śiva and Śivā. All the rivers bedecked in ornaments (nānālaṃkāra) came lovingly in divine forms at the marriage of Śiva and Śivā. The rivers Godāvarī Yamunā Brahmastrī and Veṇikā came to attend the marriage of Śiva and Śivā. [...]”.

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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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