Nari, aka: Nārī, Nāri; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Nārī (नारी).—A daughter of Meru and queen of Kuru.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 2. 23.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

One of the palaces occupied by Tissa Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xviii.17; BuA (188) calls it Narisa.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).


nārī : (f.) a woman.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Nārī, (f.) (Sk. nārī to nara man, orig. “the one belonging to the man”) woman, wife, female Sn. 301, 836; Dh. 284; J. I, 60; III, 395; IV, 396 (°gaṇa); Vv 61, 4416; Pv. I, 91 (=itthi PvA. 44). pl. nariyo (Sn. 299, 304, 703), & nāriyo (Sn. 703 v. l. BB; Pv. II, 952). Combd with nara as naranārī, male & female (angels), e.g. Vv 538; Pv. II, 112 (see nara). (Page 350)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Nārī (नारी) is the name of a river mentioned as flowing through Ramyaka together with the Narakāntā river. Ramyaka is one of the seven regions (kṣetra) of Jambūdvīpa according to Jaina cosmology. Jambūdvīpa sits at the centre of madhyaloka (‘middle world’) is the most important of all continents and it is here where human beings reside.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nārī (नारी) is the name of a river that, coupled with the Narakāntā river, separates the Ramyaka region. Ramyaka refers to one of the regions of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10. The Nārī river flows eastwards. The Nārī and Narakāntā rivers and have 56000 tributaries.

Jambūdvīpa (where flows the Nārī river) is in the centre of all continents and oceans; all continents and oceans are concentric circles with Jambūdvīpa in the centre. Like the navel is in the centre of the body, Jambūdvīpa is in the centre of all continents and oceans. Sumeru Mount is in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. It is also called Mount Sudarśana.

(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

narī (नरी).—f ( H) Goatskin dressed (for shoes &c.)

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narī (नरी).—f S A woman.

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nārī (नारी).—f (S) A woman or female.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

narī (नरी).—f Goatskin dressed (for shoes &c.)

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narī (नरी).—f A woman.

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nārī (नारी).—f A woman or female.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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