Nihsvana, Niḥsvana, Nissvana: 10 definitions


Nihsvana 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन) refers to “sounds (of the auspicious Veda)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 19.110-113, while describing the king’s consecration]—“[The mantrin] who is free from doubt should consecrate [the king] in a solitary place at night and on a day of auspicious protection. With auspicious cries like ‘victory!’ and the sounds of the auspicious Veda (vedamaṅgala-niḥsvana), he should consecrate [the king] with water and make oblations of white mustard seeds [while he] proclaims the name [of the king] [...]”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन) refers to the “sound (of the clouds)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.7 (“Commencement of the War”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “Battle drums were sounded as loud as the rumbling sound (niḥsvana) of the clouds at the dissolution of the world [pralayāṃbudnissvanāḥ]. The harsh musical instruments were also played when he came. The Asuras in the company of Tāraka roared and shook the ground with their thudding footsteps, leapings and bouncings. Undaunted by that terrible noise, the gods simultaneously rose up to fight Tāraka. [...]”.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Nissvana (निस्स्वन) refers to the “sound (of clouds)”, as taught in the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Agadatantra or Sarpavidyā).—The Kāśyapasaṃhitā (verses IV.100-106) talks about various omens seen by a physician at the time of the messenger’s arrival to convey the news of snake-bite. It enlists various auspicious Śakunas [like megha-nissvana (the sound of clouds)], and inauspicious Śakuṇas.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन).—a. Soundless.

-naḥ Sound; सुखश्रवा मङ्गलतूर्यंनिःस्वनाः (sukhaśravā maṅgalatūryaṃniḥsvanāḥ) R.3.19. Also निःस्वनितम् (niḥsvanitam).

Derivable forms: niḥsvanaḥ (निःस्वनः).

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

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन).—i. e. nis-svan + a, m. Noise, Mahābhārata 1, 119; sound, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 34, 34.

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

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन).—[masculine] sound, noise, voice.

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Niḥsvana (निःस्वन).—[adjective] soundless, v. also nisvana.

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

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन):—[=niḥ-svana] [from niḥ] 1. niḥ-svana mfn. soundless, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Niḥsvana (निःस्वन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇissaṇa, Ṇīsaṇa.

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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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