Naradiyasamhita, Nāradīyasaṃhitā, Naradiya-samhita: 2 definitions


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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Pancaratra (Samhita list)

Nāradīyasaṃhitā (नारदीयसंहिता) is the name of an ancient Pāñcarātra Saṃhitā mentioned in the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—[Cf. Jñānapāda chapter 1, verses 99-114]—First is explained the folly of following more than one Saṃhitā for a single series of rituals. Then the names of the 108 Tantras of the Pāñcarātra corpus are named [e.g., Nāradīyasaṃhitā]. Even those who repeat these 108 titles will gain salvation.

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Nāradīyasaṃhitā (नारदीयसंहिता) is a text comprising well over 3000 ślokas divided into 30 chapters in which the narrative framework has Bhṛgu relate to Atri what Nārada taught to Gautama. The present work, as is typical of so many Pāñcarātra Saṃhitā-texts, is concerned primarily with worship—its formal content, its paraphernalia, its personnel, its locus, and its festive modes. [...] Two or three chapters of the Nāradīyasaṃhitā are of particular interest because they treat in detail not found elsewhere the subject of “phala”. In Ch. XXII, treating “phala” in the sense of fruits and other items used in worship, we find named a number of substitutes nowhere so systematically listed. And in Ch. XXIV, using “phala” in the sense of reward accruing to the virtuous, we have a revealing chapter affording insight into the good life as envisioned within the Śrī-Vaiṣṇava community.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)

Nāradīyasaṃhitā (नारदीयसंहिता) or simply Nāradīya is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a sāttvika type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika (e.g., Nāradīyasaṃhitā-saṃhitā). b. Rājasa. c. Tāmasa.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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