Nasika, Nāsikā, Nāsika, Nashika, Naśīka: 13 definitions

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Nasika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Naśīka can be transliterated into English as Nasika or Nashika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Naśīka (नशीक).—The grandson of Lomapāda. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 9).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nāsika (नासिक).—(c)—a western kingdom.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 61.
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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

Nāsika (नासिक), one of the holiest places of the Hindus, finds mention in two Pāṇḍu Leṇa inscriptions, one Kanheri inscription, one Bharhut inscription and in one Bedsa cave inscription. These inscriptions record the gifts of some person or the other hailing from Nāsika, which is known to this day by the same name, i.e., Nasik and is the headquarters of a district having same designation. These records are suggestive of the economic prosperity ofthe people of Nasik, their organised economic life and devotion to religion. The famous Nasik cave inscription of the region of Vāsiṣṭhīputra Śrī puḷumāvi records the gift of a cave for the Bhadāvanīyas by the great queen Gautamī Balaśrī, mother of Śrī Sātakarṇī.

Nāsikya or Nāsika finds its earliest literary references in Kātyāyana’s Vārtika and in Patañjali’s Mahābhāṣya.

Among the earliest archaeological remains is the caitya cavedating from Ihe Christian era. Archaeological remains here areassociated with the twenty-three Pāṇḍu leṇas, the rock-cut caves, about three hundred feet above the road-level. Recent excavations carry the history of the city of Nasik to the proto-historic times, i.e., the period which ended in about the thirteenth century B.C. The city still retains its importance as a religious centre and a place of pilgrimmage, especially at the Kumbha fair—once intwelve years. Tapabanaka, Tapovana and Pañcavaṭī are the sites of importance with a religious background, and these have added to the sanctity of the place.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Nāsika (नासिक) is the name of a locality situated in Aparāntaka (western district) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Nāsika is modern Nasik which is about 75 miles to the north west of Bombay. During the reign of the Sātavāhana kings of Andhra, Nāsika was a stronghold of the Bhadrayaniya School of Buddhists.

Nāsika is mentioned in the Barhut inscriptions. It is Nāsika or Naisika of the Purāṇas and Janasthāna of the Rāmāyaṇa. According to the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, it was situated on the Narmada. Janasthāna, as it appears from the Ramayanic description, was within the reach of Panchvatī on the Godāvarī. Janasthāna came to be known as Nāsika from the circumstance that here Surpanakhā’s nose was out off by Lakshmaṇa.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nāsikā : (f.) the nose.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nāsika, (adj.) (cp. Sk. nāsikya) belonging to the nose, nasal, in °sota the nostril or nose (orig. “sense of smell”) D. I, 106; Sn. p. 108. (Page 351)

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāśika (नाशिक).—n The city Nashik. It is a place of pilgrimage. nā0 trimbakāsa gēlēṃ, nā0 paragaṇā ōsāḍa Used jocosely of a camous or squat nose, or of the case of a nose cut off or eaten off. nāśikacī kalhaī or-jilaī āṇa paiṭhaṇacā ādara Varnish or empty polish; hollow courteousness; blarney.

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nāsikā (नासिका).—f (S) pop. nāsika f The nose.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nāśika (नाशिक).—n The city Nâshik. It is a place of pilgrimage. ?B trimbakāsa gēlē, nā paragaṇā ōsāḍa Used jocosely of a squat nose cut off or eaten off. nāśikacī kalhaī or jilaī āṇa paiṭhaṇacā ādara Varnish or empty polish; hollow courteousness.

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nāsikā (नासिका).—f nāsika f The nose.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nāsika (नासिक).—Name of a sacred place in the Bombay state.

Derivable forms: nāsikaḥ (नासिकः), nāsikam (नासिकम्).

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Nāsikā (नासिका).—[nās-ṇvul]

1) The nose; see नासा (nāsā).

2) Any nose-shaped object.

3) The trunk of an elephant.

4) The upper timber of a door.

5) A projection.

6) An epithet of the nymph Aśvinī.

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

Nāsikā (नासिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. The nose. 2. The upper timber, or nose as it were, of a door. 3. A name of the nymph Ashwini. E. nāsā as above, affix kan fem. form. or nāsa śabde ṇvul . The same as nāsā .

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

Nāsikā (नासिका).—i. e. nāsā + ka, f. 1. A nostril, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 23, 6. 2. du. The nose, 2, 10, 20. 3. sing. The nose, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 90. 4. The trunk of an elephant, Mbh, 13, 4900.

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

Nāsikā (नासिका).—[feminine] nostril; nose (mostly [dual]).

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

1) Nāsika (नासिक):—[from nās] m. or n. Name of a place (cf. below and nāsikya)

2) [v.s. ...] in some [compound] = sikā.

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a sacred town in Western India on the Godāvarī (called Nāsik, because Lakṣmaṇa here cut off the nose of Rāvaṇa’s sister, the female Rākṣasa Śūrpa-ṇakhā, q.v.), [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 353].

4) Nāsikā (नासिका):—[from nās] f. a nostril

5) [v.s. ...] (older [dual number]) the nose, [Ṛg-veda] etc., etc. (ifc. f(ā or ī). , [Pāṇini 4-1, 55])

6) [v.s. ...] the proboscis of an elephant, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] = nāsā-dāru, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of Aśvinī (mother of the two Aśvins), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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