Nidhivada, Nidhi-vada, Nidhivāda: 6 definitions



Nidhivada means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद) in Sanskrit refers to the “art of discovering treasures”, as is mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Semantic Scholar: The Brahmayāmalatantra (dissertation)

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद) refers to “seeking hidden treasure by magical means” as found in Bāṇa’s reference. Compare for instance chapter nine of the Uḍḍāmareśvaratantra, which makes several references to obtaining wealth or hidden treasures as the result of ritual. For more detailed accounts, see the Buddhist Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa, e.g. chapter 55.

Source: eScholarship: The role of religious experience in the traditions of Tantric Shaivism

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद) refers to the art of “locating forgotten buried treasures”.—In the narrative literature, we see Kāpālikas repeatedly depicted as experts in the management of malevolent spirits and other occult arts, such as locating forgotten buried treasures (nidhivāda). One of the best examples is the depiction in the Nemicandra’s Ākhyānakamaṇikośa of a Mahāvratin named Ghoraśiva who is “an expert in the control of Grahas, Piśācas, and Ḍākinīs, in curing fevers and other illnesses with herbal amulets, in propitiating Yakṣiṇīs, in alchemy (dhātuvāda), in counteracting poisons, and in all the aggressive magical arts”.—(cf. Sanderson, Śaivism and Brāhmanism Lectures, Handout 6, 20 November 2012).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद).—the art of finding treasure.

Derivable forms: nidhivādaḥ (निधिवादः).

Nidhivāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nidhi and vāda (वाद).

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

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद):—[=ni-dhi-vāda] [from ni-dhi > ni-dhā] m. the art of finding t°, [Kādambarī]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Nidhivāda (निधिवाद):—m. die Kunst Schätze zu finden [Kād. (1872) 255,10.]

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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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