Nihantri, Nihantṛ, Nihantrī: 7 definitions


Nihantri 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.

The Sanskrit term Nihantṛ can be transliterated into English as Nihantr or Nihantri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Nihantrī (निहन्त्री) refers to “she who destroys (darkness)”, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] Sages address you as the destroyer of darkness (nihantrīmunayas tamaso nihantrīm), the bestower of delight, yielding the immortal nectar to all those who remember you. They address you as the ever-risen one with no possibility of rising and setting, as the underlying digit of the moon never suspected to have a stain”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ).—a.

1) A killer.

2) Destructive, murderous.

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

Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ).—mfn. (-ntā-ntrī-ntṛ) Murderous, who or what kills. E. ni before, han to kill, tṛc aff.

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

Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ).—[ni-han + tṛ], m. 1. A killer, Mah. 5, 51. 2. One who removes, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 48. 3. One who prevents, [Suśruta] 1, 308, 12.

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

Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ).—[masculine] killer, destroyer.

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

1) Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ):—[=ni-hantṛ] [from ni-han] m. a killer, destroyer, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] one who removes or expels or hinders, [Vikramorvaśī; Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [Mahābhārata]

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

Nihantṛ (निहन्तृ):—[ni-hantṛ] (ntā-ntrī-ntṛ) a. Idem.

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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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