Nandishvara, Nandīśvara, Nandi-ishvara: 12 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Nandīśvara can be transliterated into English as Nandisvara or Nandishvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर) or Bhṛṅgiriṭi is the name of a leader of Gaṇas (Gaṇapa or Gaṇeśvara or Gaṇādhipa) who came to Kailāsa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.20. Accordingly, after Śiva decided to become the friend of Kubera:—“[...] The leaders of Gaṇas revered by the whole world and of high fortune arrived there. [...] Lokāntaka, Dīptātmā and the lord Daityāntaka, lord Bhṛṅgīriṭi and the glorious Devadevapriya, Aśani, Bhānuka and Sanātana each with sixty-four crores; Nandīśvara the supreme chief of Gaṇas, and Mahābala each with hundred crores. [...]”.

These [viz., Nandīśvara] and other leaders of Gaṇas [viz., Gaṇapas] were all powerful (mahābala) and innumerable (asaṃkhyāta). [...] The Gaṇa chiefs and other noble souls of spotless splendour eagerly reached there desirous of seeing Śiva. Reaching the spot they saw Śiva, bowed to and eulogised him.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—See under Nandikeśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—The god attendant on Śiva;1 the vehicle of Rudra;2 Bhagavān with sūla;3 cursed Dakṣa for his hatred of Śiva;4 caught hold of Bhaga on the occasion of the destruction of Daksa's sacrifice;5 his permission to see Śiva; temple of, at Svargamārga Prasāda.6 Observed the vow Saubhāgyaśayanam; lord of a gaṇa, versed in Maheśvara dharma; advised Nārada to take to Prayāga; the standard of Śiva.7 Fought with Vidyunmāli in Tripuram;8 related to Sanatkumāra about the sthānutva of Śiva at Benares.9

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 63.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 63. 6.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 91, 315.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 2. 20-26.
  • 5) Ib. IV. 5. 17.
  • 6) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 32. 23; 13. 63-4; IV. 30. 75; 34. 89; 41. 26 and 30; 43. 30.
  • 7) Matsya-purāṇa 60. 49; 95. 3; 112. 21; 132. 18; 133. 60-5.
  • 8) Ib. 135. 48 and 53; 136. 68; 138. 44. 140. 20-1.
  • 9) Ib. 181. 2; 183. 64; 245. 80. 266. 42. 278. 9.
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—Śiva, Pārvatī and Nandīśvara are found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, north porch, eastern face of the west side pillar.—It is adorned with a scene of Śiva and Pārvatī in the company of Nandīśvara. Both are standing under a tree and by the side of Śiva is shown a dwarf figure with horns and headdress, standing with one hand in dola pose and the other holding something like a flower. Because of the crown and horns on his head, he is identical with Nandīśvara and not Nandin, the vehicle of Śiva. Probably, the couple is on their honeymoon on the Gandhamādana hill, where Nandīśvara was in charge of guarding the site, not allowing anyone to trespass the limits.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर) is the shorter name of Nandīśvaradvīpa, one of the continents (dvīpa) of the middle-world (madhyaloka) which is encircled by the ocean named Nandīśvarodasamudra (or simply Nandīśvaroda), according to Jain cosmology. The middle-world contains innumerable concentric dvīpas and, as opposed to the upper-world (adhaloka) and the lower-world (ūrdhvaloka), is the only world where humans can be born.

Nandīśvara is recorded in ancient Jaina canonical texts dealing with cosmology and geography of the universe. Examples of such texts are the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapannatti and the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर) is the name of a sacred spot mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Nandikuṇḍa, Nandiparvata and Nandīśvara are situated in Nandikṣetra at the foot of Haramukuṭa mountain.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—m.

(-raḥ) A name of Siva, &c.: see the last. E. nandi Siva'S chamberlain, and īśvara master.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—or

Nandīśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nandi and īśvara (ईश्वर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर).—[masculine] [Epithet] of Śiva.

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

1) Nandīśvara (नन्दीश्वर):—[from nandi > nand] m. (ndi or ndin or ndī + īśv) Name of Śiva, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the chief of Ś°’s attendants, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (cf. nandin)

3) [v.s. ...] of one of Kubera’s attendants, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a place held sacred by the Jainas, [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya]

5) [v.s. ...] of an author, [Catalogue(s)]

6) [v.s. ...] (in music) a kind of measure

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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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