Nidarshaka, Nidarśaka: 8 definitions

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Nidarshaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Nidarśaka can be transliterated into English as Nidarsaka or Nidarshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nidarshaka in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nidarśaka (निदर्शक) refers to the “director and guide” (for Vedic rituals), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, [...] In that sacrifice that was being performed in that holy place of Kanakhala, Bhṛgu and other sages were made Ṛtviks by him (Dakṣa). Viṣṇu himself was the presiding officer along with the Maruts. I was the Brahmā (a special officiating deity) the director and guide (nidarśaka) for Vedic rituals”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Nidarshaka in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Nidarśaka (निदर्शक) refers to “setting forth (the knowledge of the Buddha)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] At that time, sixty koṭis of Bodhisattvas, having stood up from the congregation, joined their palms, paid homage to the Lord, and then uttered these verses in one voice: ‘(193) When the highest among humans was extinguished, O Lord, we will even sacrifice our bodies and lives to uphold the true dharma. (194) Leaving gain and fame, leaving all praises, but never leaving behind this dharma which sets forth (nidarśaka) the knowledge of the Buddha. [...]’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nidarshaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nidarśaka (निदर्शक).—&c. See under निदृश् (nidṛś).

See also (synonyms): nidarśana.

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Nidarśaka (निदर्शक).—a.

1) Seeing.

2) Seeing into, perceiving.

3) Pointing out, proclaiming, indicating, showing.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nidarśaka (निदर्शक).—i. e. ni-dṛś + aka, adj. 1. Seeing, Mahābhārata 12, 7472. 2. Announcing, 3, 13086.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nidarśaka (निदर्शक).—[adjective] seeing, perceiving (—°); also = seq. [adjective]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Nidarśaka (निदर्शक):—[=ni-darśaka] a śana, etc. See ni-√dṛś.

2) [=ni-darśaka] [from ni-dṛś] b mfn. seeing into, perceiving, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] proclaiming, announcing, [ib.; Daśakumāra-carita]

[Sanskrit to German]

Nidarshaka in German

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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.

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