Nikshepa, aka: Nikṣepa; 8 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nikṣepa can be transliterated into English as Niksepa or Nikshepa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

[Nikshepa in Dharmashastra glossaries]

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप) refers to “deposits”, and is commonly classified as one of the eighteen vyavahārapada, or “law titles” in the ancient Dharmaśāstras. These vyavahārapadas are categories of ‘legal procedures’ and define a major type of crime for which a person may be tried. The term is derived from vyavahāra (“lawsuits” or “case”) which defines the case between the plaintiff and the defendant, which is often related to social and commercial transactions.

Nikṣepa is mentioned in the following sources as one of the eighteen vyavahārapadas: the Manusmṛti (8.4-7) and the Nāradasmṛti (mātṛkā 1.30). In the Arthaśāstra this is known as Aupanidhika and in the Yājñavalkyasmṛti as Upanidhi.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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[Nikshepa in Purana glossaries]

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप).—Deposit; loss of, must be made good; failure to return deposit and false claim to it to be punished like theft with a fine of twice the amount involved.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 227. 1-2.
(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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Nikshepa in Jainism glossaries]

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप) refers to “placing” or “representation” and it is one of the factors making up the 108 kinds of adhikaraṇa (‘substratum’) of the non-living beings (ajīva). This substratum (instruments of inflow) represents the foundation or the basis of an entity.

Nikṣepa is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप, “placing”).—What is meant by placing (nikṣepa)? To place /keep articles on floor etc is called placing. Placing is of four types namely:

  1. quick (sahasā),
  2. carelessly (anābhoga),
  3. without inspection (apratyavekṣita),
  4. disinterested (duḥpramṛṣṭa).
(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप, “presentation”).—What is meant by nikṣepa (gateways of investigations by installing/ presenting / positionig)? Nikṣepa is the entry /starting points for investigation of truth and its categories. It is also called nyāsa /trust.

There are four:

  1. name-position (nāma-nikṣepa),
  2. symbols (sthāpanā-nikṣepa),
  3. substance/ potentiality presentation (dravya-nikṣepa),
  4. mode / actuality presentation (bhāva-nikṣepa).
(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Nikshepa in Marathi glossaries]

nikṣēpa (निक्षेप).—m (S) Placing, putting, depositing. 2 A deposit or trust: also a pledge or pawn. 3 A buried or hidden treasure.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nikṣēpa (निक्षेप).—m Placing. A deposit or trust. A buried treasure.

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

[Nikshepa in Sanskrit glossaries]

Nikṣepa (निक्षेप).—

1) Throwing or casting on (with acc.); अलं मान्यानां व्याख्यानेषु कटाक्षनिक्षेपेण (alaṃ mānyānāṃ vyākhyāneṣu kaṭākṣanikṣepeṇa) S. D.2.

2) A deposit, pledge, pawn in general; निक्षेपे पतिते हर्म्ये श्रेष्ठी स्तौति स्वदेवताम् । निक्षेपी म्रियते तुभ्यं प्रदास्याम्युपयाचितम् (nikṣepe patite harmye śreṣṭhī stauti svadevatām | nikṣepī mriyate tubhyaṃ pradāsyāmyupayācitam) || Pt.1.14; Ms.8.4.

3) Anything deposited without a seal in trust or as a compensation, an open deposit; समक्षं तु निक्षेपणं निक्षेपः (samakṣaṃ tu nikṣepaṇaṃ nikṣepaḥ) Mitā. on Y.2.67.

4) Sending away.

5) Throwing away, abandoning.

6) Wiping, drying.

7) Treasure-trove; निक्षेपस्वर्णसंपूर्णकटाहजठरां धराम् (nikṣepasvarṇasaṃpūrṇakaṭāhajaṭharāṃ dharām) Śiva. B.3.6.

Derivable forms: nikṣepaḥ (निक्षेपः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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