Nidhi: 11 definitions
Nidhi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.
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.
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.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism
Nidhi (निधि) refers to a group of deities summoned by the Yamāntaka-mantra and mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Nidhi).
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
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:
- naisarpa: houses,
- pāṇḍuka: rice and corns,
- piṅgalaka: ornament,
- sarvaratnaka: gems,
- mahāpadma: clothing,
- kāla: determination of time for astrological predictions,
- mahākāla: mines of metals and precious stones,
- mānavaka: weapons, warcraft,
- śaṅkha: peotry, dramaturgy, music.
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.
India history and geogprahySource: 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.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: 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.
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
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
(-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.
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)
Starts with (+10): Nidhi-nikshepa-aputrakadhana-dand-opajataka-sahita, Nidhi-nikshepa-sahita, Nidhibhrit, Nidhidatta, Nidhidhyasana, Nidhidipika, Nidhigopa, Nidhiguhyakadhipa, Nidhikanda Sutta, Nidhikumbhi, Nidhimat, Nidhimaya, Nidhimukha, Nidhinatha, Nidhinidhana, Nidhinikshepa, Nidhipa, Nidhipala, Nidhipalita, Nidhipati.
Ends with (+132): Agnipranidhi, Alankarakalanidhi, Ambhonidhi, Ambunidhi, Ananda-nidhi, Anandanidhi, Ananta-nidhi, Anupranidhi, Apamnidhi, Apanidhi, Apannidhi, Apranidhi, Arnonidhi, Asamnidhi, Asannidhi, Atharvanidhi, Attasammapanidhi, Ayurvedasudhanidhi, Bhadranidhi, Bhavavarinidhi.
Full-text (+203): Padmanidhi, Ratanidhi, Nidhivada, Ambhonidhi, Jalanidhi, Shritattvanidhi, Shankanidhi, Upanidhi, Mahapadma, Pathonidhi, Niranidhi, Nidhibhrit, Nidhigopa, Nidhidatta, Nidhidipika, Nidhipalita, Nidhipala, Nidhirama, Nidhimaya, Nidhipatidatta.
Search found 33 books and stories containing Nidhi, Ni-dhi; (plurals include: Nidhis, dhis). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter LIII - Traits of conduct of men marked by the several kinds of Nidhis < [Agastya Samhita]
Chapter XXVIII - The mode of worshipping the Gopala Manifestation of Vishnu < [Agastya Samhita]
Chapter XXXI - Description of another form of Vishnu worship < [Agastya Samhita]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
Verse 2.2.169 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna (knowledge)]
Verse 2.4.90 < [Chapter 4 - Vaikuṇṭha (the spiritual world)]
Verse 1.5.9 < [Chapter 5 - Priya (the beloved devotees)]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Section VIII - Treasure-trove (nidhi) < [Discourse VIII - Law (Civil and Criminal)]
Verse 8.35 < [Section VIII - Treasure-trove (nidhi)]
Verse 2.114 < [Section XXII - Specially qualified Pupils]
Bhajana-Rahasya (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya)