Niketana: 17 definitions


Niketana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Niketana in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Niketana (निकेतन):—Son of Sunītha (son of Santati). His son was called Dharmaketu. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.17.8)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Niketana (निकेतन) refers to an “abode”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.31 (“Description of Śiva’s magic”).—Accordingly, “Thinking like this and consulting one another they, in their bewilderment, decided to send god Bṛhaspati there. O Nārada, then Indra and other gods, went to Bṛhaspati’s abode (guru-niketana) lovingly with humility, in their eagerness to achieve their self-interest. Reaching there, all the gods including Indra bowed to Bṛhaspati and submitted every detail to him”.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Niketana (निकेतन) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mayamata XIX.10-12 and the Mānasāra XIX.108-12, both populair treatises on Vāstuśāstra literature.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Niketana (निकेतन) refers to an “abode”, according to Arṇasiṃha’s Mahānayaprakāśa verse 134.—Accordingly, “The Śāmbhava (state) is the one in which the power of consciousness (citi) suddenly (sahasā) dissolves away into the Great Void called the Inactive (niḥspanda) that is profound and has no abode [i.e., aniketana]. Cognitive awareness (jñāna) arises here in the form of a subtle wave of consciousness out of that ocean of emptiness, which is the perfectly peaceful condition of the dissolving away of destruction. [...] Again, that same (principle) free of the cognitive process (saṃvittikalanā) is the supreme absolute (niruttara) said to be the Śāmbhava state of emptiness (vyomaśāmbhava)”.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Niketana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

niketana : (nt.) abode; home.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nikētana (निकेतन).—n S A place of abode; a residence or mansion.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nikētana (निकेतन).—n A place of abode; a residence. Also nikṛṣṭapakṣīṃ.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Niketana (निकेतन).—An onion.

-nam 1 A mansion, house, abode; सिञ्जाना मञ्जुमञ्जीरं प्रविवेश निकेतनम् (siñjānā mañjumañjīraṃ praviveśa niketanam) Gītagovinda 11; Manusmṛti 6.26;11. 129; Kirātārjunīya 1.16.

2) A temple.

Derivable forms: niketanaḥ (निकेतनः).

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

Niketana (निकेतन).—n.

(-naṃ) A house, a habitation. m.

(-naḥ) An onion E. see niketa.

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

Niketana (निकेतन).—i. e. ni-kit + ana, n. 1. A mansion, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 128. 2. A temple, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 30.

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

Niketana (निकेतन).—[neuter] habitation, abode, temple.

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

1) Niketana (निकेतन):—[=ni-ketana] [from ni-keta] n. a house, mansion, habitation, temple, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. an onion, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Niketana (निकेतन):—[ni-ketana] (naṃ) 1. n. Idem. m. An onion.

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

Niketana (निकेतन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ṇikeyaṇa.

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Niketana in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nikētana (ನಿಕೇತನ):—

1) [noun] = ನಿಕೇತ [niketa].

2) [noun] a place of protection; a shelter.

3) [noun] a building for the worship of a divinity or divinities; a temple.

4) [noun] the edible, bulb of the plant Allium cepa, with a strong, sharp smell and taste; onion.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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