Nasi, aka: Nāsi, Nāsī, Nashi, Ṅasi; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Nāsī (नासी).—Horseshoe arch matofis, or nāsīs, appear in numerous positions throughout a Drāviḍa temple. Where there is a śukanāsa, this displays the largest nāsī. Nāsīs appear on the main dome of a temple, on the dome of kūṭas, on the sides of śālā roofs and on their gable ends, where often they are partly submerged in the parapet. A nāsī forms the top of a pañjara, and the nāsīs of kūṭas and śālās belong to pañjaras within those elements. All these horseshoe arches can be described as major nāsīs.

At a smaller scale are the nāsī-dormers in the kapota mouldings, both the cornice kapotas and the kapota of the plinth. These are minor nāsīs. Then there are the nāsīs between the parapet pavilions, belonging to the hārantāra-pañjaras. At times these have the character of major nāsīs, though smaller than the others, while at other times they are clearly minor nāsīs.

Source: Google Books: Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation

1) Nāsi (नासि).—A part (compound moulding) of the prastara, or ‘entablature’;—The nāsi is a motif used for decorating various parts of the building of the temple complex. Depending upon the size of the nāsi, it is classified into two categories. They are alpanāsi (small nāsi) and mahānāsi (big nāsi). It is basically a horse-shoe shaped motif.

Though this motif is referred to by the name kudu, the canonical texts refer to this motif only by the name nāsi and never as kudu. Kudu (Tamil) or gudu (Kannada) are dravidian terms, which means a nest or a niche. Architecturally it corresponds to the term nāsi (Sanskrit), which means the nose.

2) Nāsi as a decorative motif is carved on the pillars, mouldings of the plinth, on the toraṇas, on the doorframes, on the grīva of the śikhara, on the śikhara, on the parapet and on any other place found suitable by the artist for decoration. Therefore, the nāsi is the most popularly, profusely used versatile architectural motif noticeable in dravidian temple complex.

Depending upon the shape, size and also to a certain extent the location of the nāsi, they are classified into different types. They are

  1. mahānāsi,
  2. alpanāsi (or kṣudranāsi),
  3. netranāsi,
  4. kapotanāsi, etc.

However, irrespective of the size, shape and the location of the nāsi, their treatment is always uniform in nature.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Ṅasi (ङसि).—Case-ending of the ablative case, changed into आत् (āt) after bases ending in अ (a) and into स्मात् (smāt) after pronouns; cf.P.IV.1.2,VII.1.12,15.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

nāśī (नाशी).—a (S) That destroys, ruins, spoils, injures. In comp. as. pittanāśī, kaphanāśī, gṛhanāśī, vṛkṣanāśī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāśī (नाशी).—a That destroys.

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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