Nilamani, Nīlamaṇi, Nila-mani: 12 definitions


Nilamani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Nīlamaṇi (वज्र, “Sapphire”):—One of the nine gems (navaratna) according to the 13th century Rasaprakāśasudhākara. It also known by the simplified name Nīla (नील).

It has several variations, such as:

  1. Indranīla (or, Śakranīla),
  2. Jalavāri (or, Vārinīla)
  3. and Śvaityagarbhitnīla

The Sapphire (nīlamaṇi) has Pharmaco-therapeutic properties and possesses the following characteristics:

  • sandipana-guṇa (good digestivestimulant),
  • śvasahara (anti-asthmatic),
  • vṛṣya (aphrodisiac),
  • doṣatrayonmūlaka (destroyer of all the three doṣas),
  • viśaghna (anti-poisonous),
  • cures arśa and pāṇḍu-roga, atīva-balya (highly strengthening)
  • and conquers jvara (controls fevers).

Superior: When the Sapphire is possessed of the following characteristics, it is considered superior: Only one shade, glazy in appearance, heavy in weight, clear in looks, shining brightly in its middle, blue in colour and piṇḍita (circular or oval) in shape.

Inferior: The Sapphire is considered inferior when it exhibits the following traits: Light in weight, soft, containing raktagandha (blood like smell), having dry surface, small size, flat appearance. These Sapphires are called the Vārinīla by the physicians and possess the characteristics of the inferior Nīlamaṇi.

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Nilamani [निलमणि] in the Nepali language is the name of a plant identified with Barleria cristata L. from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family having the following synonyms: Barleria alba, Barleria indica, Barleria napalensis. For the possible medicinal usage of nilamani, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Nilamani [निलमणि] in the Nepali language is the name of a plant identified with Barleria cristata var. albida Haines from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nilamani in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nīlamaṇi : (m.) a sapphire.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nīlamaṇi refers to: a sapphire (“blue-stone”) J. II, 112; IV, 140; DhA. III, 254;

Note: nīlamaṇi is a Pali compound consisting of the words nīla and maṇi.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nīlamaṇi (नीलमणि).—

1) the sapphire; नेपथ्योचित- नीलरत्नम् (nepathyocita- nīlaratnam) Gītagovinda 5; Bv.2.42.

2) an epithet of Kṛṣṇa; also नीलमाधवः (nīlamādhavaḥ).

Derivable forms: nīlamaṇiḥ (नीलमणिः).

Nīlamaṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and maṇi (मणि). See also (synonyms): nīlaratna.

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

Nīlamaṇi (नीलमणि).—m.

(-ṇiḥ) 1. A gem of a blue colour, the sapphire. 2. An epithet of Krishna. E. nīla blue, and maṇi a jewel.

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

Nīlamaṇi (नीलमणि).—[masculine] nīlaratna [neuter] sapphire (blue gem.).

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

Nīlamaṇi (नीलमणि):—[=nīla-maṇi] [from nīla > nīl] m. a sapphire, [Dhūrtanartaka]

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

Nīlamaṇi (नीलमणि):—[nīla-maṇi] (ṇiḥ) 2. m. Saphire.

[Sanskrit to German]

Nilamani in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nīlamaṇi (ನೀಲಮಣಿ):—[noun] = ನೀಲ [nila]2 - 6.

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Nīḷamaṇi (ನೀಳಮಣಿ):—[noun] = ನೀಳ [nila]3 - 6.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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