Nandikesha, Nandikeśa, Nandika-isha: 8 definitions



Nandikesha 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.

The Sanskrit term Nandikeśa can be transliterated into English as Nandikesa or Nandikesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश).—The chief of the Bhūta Gaṇas (the attendants) of Śiva. For the story of how Nandikeśa once took the form of a monkey and cursed Rāvaṇa, see under Rāvaṇa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश).—(Nanditīrtham) a tīrtha on the Narmadā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 191. 6 and 37.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Nandikesha in Shaivism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश) is the name of a deity who received the Rauravāgama from Brāhmaṇeśa through the mahānsambandha relation, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The raurava-āgama, being part of the eighteen Rudrabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Nandikeśa obtained the Rauravāgama from Brāhmaṇeśa who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha. Nandikeśa in turn, transmitted it to through divya-sambandha to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Rauravāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nandikesha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश).—

1) Name of one of Śiva's chief attendants.

2) Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: nandikeśaḥ (नन्दिकेशः).

Nandikeśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nandika and īśa (ईश). See also (synonyms): nandikeśvara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Kāśikāstava.

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

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश):—[from nandika > nand] m. Name of a holy place, [Śiva-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश):—(nandika + īśa) m. wohl = nandikeśvara und Name eines nach ihm benannten Heiligthums [ŚIVA-Pāṇini’s acht Bücher] in [Oxforder Handschriften 64,a,11.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Nandikeśa (नन्दिकेश):—m. Nomen proprium eines Heiligthums.

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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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