Nicaya, Nicāya: 16 definitions
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Alternative spellings of this word include Nichaya.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Nicaya (निचय) refers to “endowed with every feature” (of beauty), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, after Śiva permitted Pārvatī to stay by his side: “[...] In the course of his penance sometimes the lord of the goblins thought about her as free from attachment. But as she was in her physical form. He did not take her as His wife though she was near Him, though she was endowed with every feature of beauty [i.e., mahālāvaṇya-nicaya], though she was capable of deluding even the sages. [...]”.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra
Nicaya (निचय) refers to a “heap” (of mountain snow), according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 9.19cd-26, while instructing to visualize Sadāśiva in order to worship the formless Amṛteśa]—“[He] resembles the swelling moon, a heap of mountain snow (himādri-nicaya-upama). Five-faced, large-eyed, ten-armed, [and] three-armed, [he] has a serpent as a sacred thread. He is covered in a garment made of tiger skin. [He] sits in the bound lotus pose atop a white lotus, [holding] a trident, blue lotus, arrow, rudrākṣa, [and] a mallet. [...]”.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
nicaya : (m.) accumulation; heaping up.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Nicaya, (Sk. nicaya, ni+caya, cp. nicita) heaping up, accumulation; wealth, provisions S. I, 93, 97; Vin. V, 172 (°sannidhi). See also necayika. (Page 355)
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) A collection, heap, multitude; निचय इवाम्बुमुचां नगाधिराजः (nicaya ivāmbumucāṃ nagādhirājaḥ) (dadṛśe) Kirātārjunīya 4.37.
2) Store, stock, provisions; as षण्मासनिचयः (ṣaṇmāsanicayaḥ) Manusmṛti 6.18; सर्वे क्षयान्ता निचयाः (sarve kṣayāntā nicayāḥ) Rām.7.52.11.
3) An assemblage of parts consisting a whole; as in शरीरनिचयः (śarīranicayaḥ)
Derivable forms: nicayaḥ (निचयः).
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Nicāya (निचाय).—A heap.
Derivable forms: nicāyaḥ (निचायः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-yaḥ) 1. Heap, assemblage, collection. 2. Certainty. 3. An assemblage of parts constituting a whole. E. ni before, ci to collect, affix bhāve ac .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nicaya (निचय).—i. e. ni-ci + a, m. 1. Heaping, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 77, 22. 2. Collection, Mahābhārata 15, 205. 3. Heap, multitude, 4, 30. 4. Provision. 11, 48. 5. The parts (of a whole), 15, 5416.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nicaya (निचय).—[masculine] heaping or piling up, heap, multitude, accumulation, provisions.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Nicaya (निचय):—[=ni-caya] a etc. See under 1. ni-ci below.
2) [=ni-caya] [from ni-ci] b m. piling up, heaping up, heap, mass, quantity, store, provisions (cf. alpa-n, ṣaṇ-māsa-n)
3) [v.s. ...] collection, multitude, assemblage (rarely of living beings cf. vadhū-n), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.
4) Nicāya (निचाय):—[=ni-cāya] [from ni-ci] m. a heap (as a measure), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc. 1.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nicaya (निचय):—[ni-caya] (yaḥ) 1. m. Heap, collection.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
Nicaya (निचय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ṇicaya.
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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 (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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Nicaya (निचय) [Also spelled nichay]:—(nm) accumulation, collection; a digest.
Prakrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary
1) Ṇicaya (णिचय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nicaya.
2) Ṇicaya (णिचय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Nicaya.
Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
Nicaya (ನಿಚಯ):—[noun] a large number of persons, things, animals etc. gathered together at a place; a crowd; an assemblage.
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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