Nayaki, Nāyaki: 5 definitions



Nayaki means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nāyaki (नायकि).—A Pravara (Angiras).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 17.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Nāyakī (नायकी) refers to a “mistress”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] Bhairava was pierced then by an intense descent of the energy (of grace). Penetrated by (that) divine energy, the god rolled around on the ground. In this way, when he regained consciousness, Bhairava felt embarrassed. Similarly, when the goddess with a crooked face regained consciousness, she too was embarrassed. Kujeśvarī's neck was bent and she averted her gaze downwards. At that moment (the goddess) Vakrikā became the aged Mahantāryā. In the Western Cave, she became the mistress [i.e., nāyakī] in the western tradition”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nāyakī (नायकी).—f (nāyaka) The office or business of nāyaka.

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

nāyakī (नायकी).—f The office or business of nāyaka.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nāyaki (ನಾಯಕಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman who leads, directs, commands or guides a group of people; a female leader.

2) [noun] a woman with reference to a man to whom she is married; a wife.

3) [noun] the queen either as a ruler of a state or as a wife of a king.

4) [noun] a female dancer.

5) [noun] a prostitute; a whore.

6) [noun] the central female character in a novel, play, etc., usu. portrayed as noble, virtuous, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathise; a heroine.

7) [noun] a suffix of certain female names.

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Nāyaki (ನಾಯಕಿ):—[noun] (mus.) a mode in Karnāṭaka system, derived from the main mode Kharaharapriya.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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