Nilalohita, Nīlalohita, Nila-lohita: 13 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Nīlalohita (नीललोहित).—(Śiva, Mahādeva);1 praised by Śukra by as many as 300 names for His blessings on him.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 109; 73. 1; Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 4; 31. 32 and 59.
  • 2) M 47. 127-169.

1b) The second kalpa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 290. 3.
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित):—Fourth of the eleven emanations of Rudra (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Aṃśumadbhedāgama and the Śilparatna. The images of this aspects of Śiva should have three eyes, four arms, jaṭāmakuṭas and be of white colour. It should be draped also in white clothes and be standing erect (samabhaṅga) on a padmapīṭha. It should be adorned with all ornaments and with garlands composed of all flowers and it should keep their front right hand in the abhaya and the front left hand in the varada poses, while it should carry in the back right hand the paraśu and in the back left hand the mṛga.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित) or Nīlalohitāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Aṃśumāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (e.g., Nīlalohita Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (e.g., Aṃśumān-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Tamil Virtual Academy: Hinduism

The name Śiva has been explained as being at least partly of Dravidian origin: in Tamil, for instance, Śivan (Chivan) means red, and the divinity was known to the early Aryans as Nīla-lohita "the Red One with blue (throat)" (referring to the legend found in the Purāṇas of later times and unquestionably mentioned in Rgveda, (X. 130, vii), of Śiva having drunk up the world poison and preserved it in his throat which became marked with blue for this).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित) is another name for Īśāna: protector deity of the north-eastern cremation ground.—The northeast (aiśānī) is associated with Śiva, hence Īśāna also appears as Nīlalohita (Guhyasamayasādhanamālā 34), a synonym of Śiva in epic and Purāṇic tales, and Kapālīśa (Śmaśānavidhi 12). He is described as white, carrying a trident (śūlī), mounted on a bull, and wearing a tiger-skin.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित).—a. dark-blue, purple. (

Nīlalohita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and lohita (लोहित).

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

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Purple, of a purple colour. m.

(-taḥ) 1. A name of Siva. 2. A mixture of red and blue, purple. f.

(-tā) A vegetable: see bhūmijambū E. nīla blue or black, and lohita red.

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

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित).—I. adj. blue-red, purple, of a purple colour, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] [distich] 194. Ii. m. the name of one of the great periods called Kalpas.

Nīlalohita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and lohita (लोहित).

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

Nīlalohita (नीललोहित).—[adjective] blue-red, [Epithet] of Śiva.

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

1) Nīlalohita (नीललोहित):—[=nīla-lohita] [from nīla > nīl] mfn. dark-blue and red, purple, dark-red, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature; Purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a Kalpa (See sub voce), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a mixture of blue and red, a purple colour, [Horace H. Wilson]

5) Nīlalohitā (नीललोहिता):—[=nīla-lohitā] [from nīla-lohita > nīla > nīl] f. a kind of vegetable, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a goddess (the wife of Śiva), [Brahma-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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