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Nau, 1 Definition(s)

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Nau means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

1a) Nau (नौ).—The boat in the Ocean; in the river;1 illustrative of the earth floating on waters.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 6. 27; 52. 86; 108. 37.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 4. 46.

1b) (Mahīmayī) the divine boat given to Manu (Vaivasvata) by Viṣṇu in the shape of a fish to be tied to its horn;1 in the deluge it rescued the sun, moon, Brahmā, Narmadā, sage Mārkaṇḍeya, Śiva, the Vedas, Purāṇas and other Vidyas from ruin;2 Druhyu to ply the ocean with.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 1. 30-32; Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 15.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 2. 10-15.
  • 3) Ib. 33. 20.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including religious ceremonies, various arts, sciences and historical legends. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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