Nilagriva, Nīlagrīva, Nila-griva: 11 definitions

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Nilagriva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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)

[«previous next»] — Nilagriva in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव).—Is Rudra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 34. 27.
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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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव) is the name of Vidyārāja (i.e., “wisdom king”) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Nīlagrīva).

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Nīlagrīvī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vāyucakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vāyucakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Nīlagrīva] are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव).—an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: nīlagrīvaḥ (नीलग्रीवः).

Nīlagrīva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and grīva (ग्रीव).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव).—name of a rākṣasa: Divyāvadāna 102.29; 105.9, 24.

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

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव).—m.

(-vaḥ) A name of Mahadeva. E. nīla blue, and grīvā neck; the neck of Siva was stained blue by the acrimony of the poison, which, upon its production at the churning of the ocean, he swallowed.

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

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव).—[adjective] blue-necked, [Epithet] of Śiva.

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

1) Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव):—[=nīla-grīva] [from nīla > nīl] m. () ‘blue-necked’, Name of Śiva, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] of a prince, [Kathārṇava]

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

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव):—[nīla-grīva] (vaḥ) 1. m. Mahādeva.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव):—(nīla + grīvā)

1) adj. blaunackig, von Rudra-Śiva [Halāyudha 1, 12.] [Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 16, 7. 28. 56. 57.] [ŚATAR.] in [Weber’s Indische Studien 2, 37.] [Mahābhārata 3, 1625. 7, 2876. 12, 10359.] —

2) m. Nomen proprium eines Königs [KATHĀRṆAVA] in [Oxforder Handschriften 154,a,19.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Nīlagrīva (नीलग्रीव):——

1) Adj. blaunackig (Rudra-Śiva). —

2) [Mānavadharmaśāstra. ] Nomen proprium eines Fürsten.

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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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