Naranarayana, Naranārāyaṇa, Nara-narayana: 8 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Naranarayana in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण).—The two sages comprising the fourth avatār of Viṣṇu and born of Mūrtī; universal joy and good omens at their birth; Gandhamādana their abode;1 born later as Kṛṣṇa and Arjuṇa;2 worshipped by Nābhī;3 worshipped in Bhāratavarṣa;4 praised by Nārada.5 To their āśrama the sages repaired for a visit;6 shrine of, at Badaryāśrama.7

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 2. 4, 26; 3. 9; IV. 1. 52-57; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 24. 5; 37. 34 and 37.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 1. 59.
  • 3) Ib. V. 4. 4.
  • 4) Ib. V. 19. 9.
  • 5) Ib. V. 19. 12-15.
  • 6) Ib. IX. 1. 31.
  • 7) Ib. X. 52. 4.
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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण).—Name of Kṛṣṇa.

-ṇau dual) originally regarded as identical, but in mythology and epic poetry, considered as distinct beings, Arjuna being identified with Nara and Kṛṣṇa with Nārāyaṇa. [In some places they are called देवौ, पूर्वदेवौ, ऋषी (devau, pūrvadevau, ṛṣī) or ऋषिसत्तमौ (ṛṣisattamau). They are said to have been practising very austere penance on the Himālaya, which excited the fear of Indra, and he sent down several damsels to disturb their austerities. But Nārāyaṇa put all of them to shame by creating a nymph called Urvaśī from a flower placed on his thigh who excelled them in beauty; cf. स्थाने खलु नारायणमृषिं विलोभयन्त्यस्तदूरुसंभवामिमां दृष्ट्वा व्रीडिताः सर्वा अप्सरस इति (sthāne khalu nārāyaṇamṛṣiṃ vilobhayantyastadūrusaṃbhavāmimāṃ dṛṣṭvā vrīḍitāḥ sarvā apsarasa iti) V.1.]

Derivable forms: naranārāyaṇaḥ (नरनारायणः).

Naranārāyaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nara and nārāyaṇa (नारायण).

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

Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण).—m. dual. (-ṇau) Two sages, incarnations of Vishnu, and born again, as Krishna and Arjuna. E. nara, and nārāyaṇa, each severally the name of a sage.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Nigūḍhārthadīpikā Atharvaśirau7paniṣaṭṭīkā. L. 1472.

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

1) Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण):—[=nara-nārāyaṇa] [from nara] m. Name of Kṛṣṇa, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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

3) [v.s. ...] [dual number] Nara and Nārāyaṇa (See above), [Mahābhārata]

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

Naranārāyaṇa (नरनारायण):—[nara-nārāyaṇa] (ṇau) 1. m. The two sages Krishna and Arjuna.

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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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