Narikela, aka: Nārikela; 11 Definition(s)


Narikela means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Nārikela (नारिकेल) or Nārikeladvīpa is the name of an island, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, as four heavenly figures said to Naravāhanadatta: “... there is in the midst of the great sea a great, prosperous and splendid island, which is called the island of Nārikela, and is renowned in the world for its beauty. And in it there are four mountains with splendid expanses of land, named Maināka, Vṛṣabha, Cakra and Balāhaka; in those four we four live”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Nārikela, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Nārikela (नारिकेल) is a Sanskrit word for Cocos nucifera (coconut), identified by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as bearing good fruits. The King should plant such domestic plants in and near villages. He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat. Note: Phyllanthus distichus is a synonym of Phyllanthus acidus.

The following is an ancient Indian recipe for such nourishment of trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.105-109: “The trees (such as nārikela) are to be watered in the morning and evening in summer, every alternate day in winter, in the fifth part of the day (i.e., afternoon) in spring, never in the rainy season. If trees have their fruits destroyed, the pouring of cold water after being cooked together with Kulutha, Māṣa (seeds), Mudga (pulse), Yava (barley) and Tila (oil seed) would lead to the growth of flowers and fruits. Growth of trees can be helped by the application of water with which fishes are washed and cleansed.”

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Nārikela (नारिकेल) refers to “cocunut” which forms a preferable constituent for a great offering, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “[...] the great offering of eatables shall be made to Śiva especially in the month of Dhanus. The constituent parts of the great offering are as follows:—[...] twelve coconuts (nārikela) [...] This great offering of eatables made to the deities shall be distributed among devotees m the order of their castes”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Nārikela (नारिकेल)—Sanskrit word for a plant “coconut palm” (Cocos nucifera).

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Nārikela (नारिकेल) refers to “cocoa-nut”: a type of fruit (phala), according to Jain canonical texts (eg., the Jñātādharmakathāṅga-sūtra from the 3rd century B.C.). It is also known as Nāḍikela or Nāḍīkela. Various kinds of fruits were grown and consumed by the people in ancient India. Fruits were also dried up for preservation. Koṭṭaka was a place for this operation. Besides being grown in orchards, fruits were gathered from jungles and were carried to cities for sales.

The Jain canonical texts frequently mention different horticulture products viz. fruits (eg., Nārikela fruit), vegetables and flowers which depict that horticulture was a popular pursuit of the people at that time. Gardens and parks (ārāma, ujjāṇa or nijjāṇa) were full of fruits and flowers of various kinds which besides yielding their products provided a calm and quiet place where people could enjoy the natural surroundings.

Source: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)
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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

Nārikela.—cf. sa-guvāka-nārikela (EI 8-5); coconut palms [which the ordinary tenants had no right to enjoy]. Note: nārikela is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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nārikēla (नारिकेल).—m or nārikēlī f S The Cocoanut-tree, Cocos nucifera. Some of the Indian trees may be learned from ex. nārīkēlī pūgī rātāñjana || mala- yāgara suvāsa candana || aśōka kharjūrī saghana || āmra dhātrī khiraṇīyā || vaṭa pimpaḷa phaṇasa nimba || dāḷimbī saubarī mandāra kadamba || añjīra pāribhadra nabha || bhēdīta gēlē disa- ti || campaka phulalē jāī juī || mōgarē mālatī bakūḷa pāhī || śēvatī agastī vṛkṣa ṭhāyīṃ ṭhāyīṃ || vēṣṭūni vallī caḍhinalyā ||.

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nārikēla (नारिकेल).—n S A cocoanut.

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nārīkēla (नारीकेल) [or ली, lī].—S & nārīkēla n S See nārikēla or & nārikēla n.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nārikēla (नारिकेल).—m or nārikēlī f The Cocoanut-tree, a cocoanut.

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nārīkēla (नारीकेल).—

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Nārikela (नारिकेल).—The cocoa-nut; नारिकेलसमाकार दृश्यन्ते हि सुहृज्जनाः (nārikelasamākāra dṛśyante hi suhṛjjanāḥ) H.1.9. [The word is also written नारिकेलि-ली, नारिकेर-ल, नारीकेलि-ली, नाडि (nārikeli-lī, nārikera-la, nārīkeli-lī, nāḍi)(ḍī)केर, नालिकेर (kera, nālikera) (Bhāg.8.2.11), नालिकेलि-ली (nālikeli-lī).]

-lī Fermented liquor made from the water of the cocoa-nut.

Derivable forms: nārikelaḥ (नारिकेलः).

See also (synonyms): nārikera.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nārīkela (नारीकेल).—see Nālikera.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nārikela (नारिकेल).—mf. (-laḥ-lī) The cocoanut. E. nārika watery (place), īr to go or grow, affix ka, and ra optionally changed to la; also with in, nārikeli, and ḍa being substituted for ra, nāḍikera, &c. nala-in nāliḥ kena vāyunā jalena vā ilati calati, ila-ka-karma-ralayoraikyam .

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Nārīkela (नारीकेल).—mf. (-laḥ-lī) The cocoanut. f. (-lī) Fermented liquor made from the water of the cocoanut: see nārikela &c.

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