Nikumbhila, Nikumbhilā: 5 definitions

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Nikumbhila 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nikumbhilā (निकुम्भिला).—A particular spot in the forest outside Laṅkāpurī. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Nikumbhilā (निकुम्भिला) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Nikumbhilā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nikumbhilā (निकुम्भिला).—

1) A cave or grove at the western gate of Laṅkā.

2) An image of Bhadrakālī on the west side of Laṅkā.

3) A place where oblations are offered; ध्रुवं स मोहयित्वाऽस्मान् पापोऽगच्छन्निकुम्भिलाम् (dhruvaṃ sa mohayitvā'smān pāpo'gacchannikumbhilām) Bk.17.25.

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

Nikumbhilā (निकुम्भिला).—f.

(-lā) A cave situated on the western part of ceylon, where offerings with fire are made. E. ni before, kumbha a jar, ilac aff.

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

Nikumbhila (निकुम्भिल).—m. or n. and f. , A place of offering, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 25, 51; 6, 19, 39.

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

1) Nikumbhila (निकुम्भिल):—[=ni-kumbhila] [from ni-kumbha] mf. ([from] kumbha?), a place where oblations are offered, ([especially]) a grove at the western gate of Laṅkā for the performance of sacrificial rites

2) [v.s. ...] (according to others) an image of Bhadra-kālī on the west side of Laṅkā, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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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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