Nikshubha, Nikṣubhā: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Nikṣubhā can be transliterated into English as Niksubha or Nikshubha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nikshubha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nikṣubhā (निक्षुभा).—An Apsarā woman about whom the following story occurs in the Brahmaparva of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa. On account of the curse of Sūrya, Nikṣubhā, the great beauty in Svarloka, was born on earth as daughter of Sujihva a brahmin of Mihira Gotra. At the instance of her father, she used to keep the yajña fire ever burning. One day the fire held in her hands abruptly burst into flames, and her unique beauty revealed in the light kindled the passion of Sūrya.

Next day Sūrya went to Sujihva and told him that his daughter, Nikṣubhā was carrying since he had married her. As soon as he heard Sūrya’s words Sujihva cursed his daughter thus: "Since the child in your womb is enveloped by fire the child born to you will be despised and rejected by people."

Then Sūrya went to Nikṣubhā and told her that though her child might be despised he would be a scholar, very well-bred and eligible for the worship of Agni.

As years passed many children were born to her by Sūrya. While she was living in the Śāka island Sāmba, the son of Kṛṣṇa, deputed her sons to perform rites in the Sūrya temple at Sāmbapura. Nikṣubhā’s sons were married to girls born in the Bhoja family.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nikshubha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nikṣubhā (निक्षुभा).—

1) The wife of the sun.

2) A female Brāhmaṇa (brāhmaṇī).

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

Nikṣubhā (निक्षुभा):—[=ni-kṣubhā] f. (√kṣubh), Name of the mother of Maga, [Bhaviṣya-purāṇa, khaṇḍa 1 & 2: bhaviṣya-purāṇa & bhaviṣyottara-purāṇa]

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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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