Nidhi: 11 definitions

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Nidhi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: The Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa

These are demi-gods who preside over and influence men’s propensities, pursuits, pleasures, tastes, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Nidhi (निधि).—A Sukha God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 18.

1b) The Goddess enshrined at Vaiśravanālaya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 51.

1c) One of the seven ratnas of the king.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 57. 68.

1d) A mukhya gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 18.

1e) Wealth; eight kinds of; wealth of Kubera; Padma, Mahapadma, Makara, Kacchapa, Kumuda, Śankha, Nila and Nandana.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 10-11.

1f) Jewels; Tātaṇka,1 Kaṇṭhasūtra, Keyura, and Nūpura.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 29. 75; IV. 33. 76.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 15. 21; III. 27. 6.
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Google Books: Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation

Nidhi (निधि).—The nine “treasures” (nidhi) with which a Cakravartī is endowed, are, According to one view, collection of books in which there is literature on 9 different branches of science, according to another, containers or treasure-houses in which there are things whose application is taught in those books.

Names and contents of the 9 nidhis are:

  1. naisarpa: houses,
  2. pāṇḍuka: rice and corns,
  3. piṅgalaka: ornament,
  4. sarvaratnaka: gems,
  5. mahāpadma: clothing,
  6. kāla: determination of time for astrological predictions,
  7. mahākāla: mines of metals and precious stones,
  8. mānavaka: weapons, warcraft,
  9. śaṅkha: peotry, dramaturgy, music.
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Nidhi.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘nine’. Cf. nidhi-nikṣepa (IE 8-5; HRS; SITI); treasure trove; a treasure-hoard; hidden treasure under the ground; one of the eight kinds of enjoyments allowed to the donees of rent-free land. Cf. nidhāna. (CITD), a treasure; a reposistory; store; a place where anything is placed. Cf. nidhi-nikṣepa-jala-pāṣāṇa-arām-ādi-catuṣ-prakāra-bīravaṇa- pārikha-aya-sahita (Ind. Ant., Vol. XIX, p. 247; text lines 101-02), privilege mentioned along with aṣṭabhoga-tejassvāmya-daṇdaśulka- yukta. Note: nidhi is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nidhi : (m.) hidden treasure.

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

Nidhi, (Vedic nidhi, ni+dhā, see nidahati) 1. “setting down, ” receptacle; (hidden) treasure Sn. 285 (brahma n.); Dh. 76; Kh VIII, 2 (see KhA 217 sq. : nidhīyatī ti nidhi, def. of n.), 9 (acorâharaṇo nidhi cp. “treasures in heaven, where thieves do not steal” Matt. 6, 20); Sdhp. 528, 588.—2. “putting on, ” a cloak J. VI, 79 (explained as vākacīra-nivāsanaṃ=a bark dress). Cp. sannidhi.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nidhi (निधि).—[ni-dhā-ādhāre ki]

1) Abode, receptacle, reservoir; जल°, तोय°, तपोनिधि (jala°, toya°, taponidhi) &c.

2) A store-house, treasury.

3) A treasure, store, hoard (for the nine treasures of Kubera, see navanidhi).

4) The ocean.

5) An epithet of Viṣṇu.

6) A man endowed with many good qualities.

7) the science of chronology; Ch. Up.7.2.1.

Derivable forms: nidhiḥ (निधिः).

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

Nidhi (निधि).—m.

(-dhiḥ) 1. One of Kuvera'S Nid'his or divine treasures, nine of which are enumerated: viz. The Padma, Mahapadma, Sankha, Makara, Kachchapa, Mukunda, Kunda, Nila, and K'harba: their nature is not exactly defined, though some of them appears to be precious gems; according to the Tantrika system, they are personified and worshipped as demi-gods, attendant either upon Kuvera or upon Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. 2. A receptacle, a place of asylum or accumulation, as a treasury, a granary, a nest, &c.; also figuratively, as guṇanidhiḥ a man who contains or is endowed with all good qualities. 3. A treasure, any sum or quantity of wealth or valuables. 4. A medicinal plant and perfume, commonly Jivaka. 5. The ocean. 6. An epithet of Vishnu E. ni in, dhā to have, affix. ādhāre ki .

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

Nidhi (निधि).—i. e. ni-dhā (cf. dhi and payodhi), m. 1. A receptacle, Mahābhārata 1, 1124. 2. A treasure, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 82.

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

Nidhi (निधि).—[masculine] setting down or serving up (of food etc.); receptacle, vessel, (hidden) treasure.

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

1) Nidhi (निधि):—[=ni-dhi] [from ni-dhā] a m. setting down or serving up (food, etc.), [Ṛg-veda i.183, 4etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] the bottom of the Ukhā, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] a place for deposits or storing up, a receptacle ([especially] apāṃ nidhi, r° of waters, the ocean, sea, also Name of a Sāman; kalānāṃ n, the full moon), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] a store, hoard, treasure, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (in later language [especially] the divine treasures belonging to Kubera, nine of which are enumerated, viz. Padma, Mahāpadma, Śaṅkha, Makara, Kacchapa, Mukunda, Nanda, Nīla and Kharva, they are also personified as attendants either of Kubera or of Lakṣmī; cf. nidhi-datta and -pālita below)

5) [v.s. ...] the sea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] (with daiva) the science of chronology, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad vii, 1, 2] ([Śaṃkarācārya])

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a [particular] [medicine] plant (= jīvikā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] a kind of perfume (= nalikā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [=ni-dhi] b See under ni-dhā.

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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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