Nighandu, Nighaṇḍu: 3 definitions


Nighandu means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A yakkha chieftain, to be invoked by followers of the Buddha when in distress (D.iii.204). He was present at the Mahasamaya. Ibid., ii.258.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nighaṇḍu : (n.) a dictionary of synonyms.

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

Nighaṇḍu, (Sk. nighaṇṭu, dial. for nirgrantha from grathnāti (see gaṇṭhi & ghaṭṭana), orig. disentanglement, unravelling, i.e. explanation; cp. niggaṇṭhi, which is a variant of the same word.—BSk. nighaṇṭa (Divy 619; AvŚ II. 19), Prk. nighaṇṭu) an explained word or a word explanation, vocabulary, gloss, usually in ster. formula marking the accomplishments of a learned Brahmin “sanighaṇḍu-keṭubhānaṃ . . . padako” (see detail under keṭubha) D. I, 88; A. I, 163, 166; III, 223; Sn. p. 105; Miln. 10. Bdhgh’s explanation is quoted by Trenckner, Notes p. 65. (Page 355)

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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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