Nandikesha, aka: Nandikeśa, Nandika-isha; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

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

[Nandikesha in Purana glossaries]

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): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

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

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 191. 6 and 37.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

[Nandikesha in Shaivism glossaries]

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)

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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