Nidagha, aka: Nidāgha, Nīdāgha; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Nidāgha (निदाघ).—A maharṣi. (For details see under Ṛbhu)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Nidāgha (निदाघ).—A Pravara sage.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 199. 17.

1b) A mind-born son of Brahmā in the 15th kalpa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 35.

2) Nīdāgha (नीदाघ).—Son of Pulastya; initiated into jñāna by Ṛbhu. Engaged himself in austerities for a thousannd years in a grove in Vīranagara on the banks of the Devikā. After this period at the time of taking meals, Ṛbhu appeared before him, but was not recognised. Being requested for meals, Ṛbhu agreed on condition that he would be served with sweet viands. After meals, he found that he was his old master, and was overjoyed. He went away, and Nīdāgha continued his austerities for another 1000 years. At the end of this period Ṛbhu appeared and saw him standing aloof from a crowd witnessing the king riding on his elephant. Ṛbhu asked him who was the king and who was the elephant. Nidāgha said that the man above was king and that below the elephant. Ṛbhu asked him what he meant by above and below. Little knowing that he was his master, Nīdāgha jumped on him and remarked he was above and Ṛbhu below. Finding that Nīdāgha had not attained full maturity in advaita, Ṛbhu once again initiated him and departed. From that day Nīdāgha looked upon anything without any distinction.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. chh. 15 and 16.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Nidagha (निदघ) refers to the “summer season” in the traditional Indian calendar, and consists of the months Jyeṣṭha and Āṣāḍha, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The physician (bhiṣaj) should pay attention to the seasonal (ṛtu) factor in the use of medicinal drugs. Accordingly, “the bulbous roots in winter season, other roots in cold season and flowers during spring season are supposed to contain better properties. The new leaves or shoots in summer (nidagha) and the drugs, which grow in mud, like Lotus etc., should be used in autumn season”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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nidāgha : (m.) drought; heat; summer.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Nidāgha, (Sk. nidāgha, fr. nidahati, ni+dahati2, see ḍahati) heat, summer-heat, summer, drought J. I, 221 (-samaya dry season); II, 80; Vism. 259 (°samaya, where KhA 58 reads sarada-samaya); PvA. 174 (-kāla summer). fig. J. IV, 285; V, 404; Dāvs II. 60. (Page 358)

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

Nidāgha (निदाघ).—[ni-dah ādhāre ghañ nyaṅkvādi kutvam]

1) Heat, warmth; आर्द्राङ्गुलीदलमनङ्गनिदाघतप्तः (ārdrāṅgulīdalamanaṅganidāghataptaḥ)

2) The hot season, summer (the months of jyeṣṭha and āṣāḍha); निदाघमिहिर- ज्वालाशतैः (nidāghamihira- jvālāśataiḥ) Bv.1.16; निदाघकालः समुपागतः प्रिये (nidāghakālaḥ samupāgataḥ priye) Ṛs.1.1; Pt.1.14; Ku.7.84.

3) Sweat, perspiration. प्रस्नापया- मास मुखं निदाघः (prasnāpayā- māsa mukhaṃ nidāghaḥ) Ki.17.8.

4) The internal heat; स्त्रियो निदाघं शमयन्ति कामिनाम् (striyo nidāghaṃ śamayanti kāminām) Ṛs.1.4.

5) The water of perspiration.

Derivable forms: nidāghaḥ (निदाघः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nidāgha (निदाघ).—m.

(-ghaḥ) 1. The hot season, (May and june.) 2. Heat, warmth. 2. Sweat, perspiration. E. ni always, dah to burn, ādhāre ghañ affix, nyaṅkvādi0 kutvam .

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