Neshtri, Neṣṭṛ: 7 definitions
Neshtri means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Neṣṭṛ can be transliterated into English as Nestr or Neshtri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ) refers to one of the three types of companions for the Adhvaryu, which is one of the four classes of Ṛtvijas (Ṛtvik), or “priests participating in the Vedic sacrifices”, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27.—The priests (Ṛtvijas) participating in the Vedic sacrifices are usually four in number. They are Hotṛ, Adhvaryu, Udgātṛ and Brahman corresponding to the four Vedas—Ṛg, Yajus, Sāman and Atharvan respectively. Each of the priests has three companions or helpers, the total no. is sixteen viz. Hotṛ—Maitrāvaruṇa, Acchāvāka, Grāvastut; Adhvaryu—Pratiprasthātṛ, Neṣṭṛ, Unnetṛ; Udgātṛ—Prastotṛ, Pratihartṛ, Subrahmaṇya and Brahman—Brāhmaṇācchaṃsin, Agnīdhra, Potṛ. See Āśvalāyana Śrauta Sūtra IV. 1.4-6.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ) refers to the name of one of the chief priests at the Soma sacrifice, occurs in the Ṛgveda and later. See Ṛtvij.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ).—m. One of the chief officiating priests at a Soma sacrifice (whose number is 16).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ṣṭā) One of the sixteen officiating priests at a soma sacrifice. E. ṇī to lead or conduct the ceremonies, Unadi aff. tṛn, and ṣuk augment.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ).—[masculine] one of the chief priests at a Soma sacrifice.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ):—[from neṣa] m. ([probably] [from] √nī [Aorist] stem neṣ; but cf. [Pāṇini 3-2, 135], [vArttika] 2 etc.) one of the chief officiating priests at a Soma sacrifice, he who leads forward the wife of the sacrificer and prepares the Surā (Tvaṣṭṛ so called, [Ṛg-veda i, 15, 3]), [Ṛg-veda; Brāhmaṇa; ??? etc.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Neṣṭṛ (नेष्टृ):—(ṣṭā) 4. m. An officiating priest.
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+3): Neshtra, Neshtriprayoga, Neshtritvaprayoga, Neshtriya, Neshtapotarau, Neshtodgatarau, Acchavaka, Hotri, Ritvik, Netthar, Agnidh, Pratiprasthatri, Agnidhra, Prastotri, Gravastut, Pratihartri, Brahmanacchamsin, Subrahmanya, Unnetri, Maitravaruna.
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Satapatha-brahmana (by Julius Eggeling)
Kāṇḍa V, adhyāya 1, brāhmaṇa 2 < [Fifth Kāṇḍa]
Kāṇḍa IV, adhyāya 4, brāhmaṇa 2 < [Fourth Kāṇḍa]
Kāṇḍa XII, adhyāya 1, brāhmaṇa 1 < [Twelfth Kāṇḍa]
Rig Veda (translation and commentary) (by H. H. Wilson)
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 5 - Performance of a Satra for Triśaṅku < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 180 - Brahmā Begins the Yajña < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 23 - The Glory of Cakratīrtha: Āditya Gets Golden Hands < [Section 1 - Setu-māhātmya]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 27 - The inauguration of Dakṣa’s sacrifice < [Section 2.2 - Rudra-saṃhitā (2): Satī-khaṇḍa]
Soma in Vedic Mythology and Ritual (study) (by Anjana Chakraborty)