Nikriti, aka: Nikṛti; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nikṛti can be transliterated into English as Nikrti or Nikriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1a) Nikṛti (निकृति).—(Niṣkṛti) born of Dambha and Māyā;1 the first wife of Kali.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 8. 3.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 84. 9.

1b) A daughter of Hiṃsā and Adharma; mother of Bhaya and Naraka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 63; Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 39.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nikṛti (निकृति).—a. Base, dishonest, wicked.

-tiḥ f.

1) Baseness, wickedness.

2) Dishonesty, fraud, deception; अनिकृतिनिपुणं ते चेष्टितं मानशौण्ड (anikṛtinipuṇaṃ te ceṣṭitaṃ mānaśauṇḍa) Ve.5.21; Ki.1.45. अयं कौमारमारभ्य निकृतिप्रकृतिः स्वयम् (ayaṃ kaumāramārabhya nikṛtiprakṛtiḥ svayam) Śiva. B.17.21; अन्तर्गतगुरु- निकृतिः (antargataguru- nikṛtiḥ) 17.26.

3) Insult, offence, humiliation; स्वाग्रासनाप- नयनान्निकृतिर्न सोढा (svāgrāsanāpa- nayanānnikṛtirna soḍhā) Mu.4.11.

4) Abuse, reproach.

5) Rejection, removela

6) Poverty, indigence.

7) The earth.

8) Name of one of the eight Vasus.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nikṛti (निकृति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. Wickedness, dishonesty. 2. Abuse, reproach. 3. Rejection, removal. 4. Poverty, indigence. E. ni prefixed to kṛt to cut, affix ki. or ni + kṛ-bhāve ktin .

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