Nilanjana, Nīlāñjana, Nīlañjanā, Nila-anjana, Nīlāñjanā, Nilamjana: 16 definitions


Nilanjana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन):—One of the five variations of Añjana (‘collyrium, galena’), which is part of the uparasa group of eight minerals, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra. It is greasy in appearance and helps makes the bhasma from gold..

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6

Nīlāñjana is a variety of Añjana (“Collyrium”).—Nīlāñjana is said to be rasāyana in Karma, possesses the property of killing gold (helps in making gold bhasma), heavy in weight, snigdha in appearance, claimed tridoṣaghna (pacifys all the three doṣas). If it is mixed with metals may induce softness in them i.e. it possesses lohamārdavakāraka property.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन) refers to the “blue lustre of the glossy collyrium”, and is used to describe Satī, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.19. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] then Viṣṇu stood up. Approaching Śiva with palms joined in reverence [viz., kṛtāñjali] and accompanied by Lakṣmī, the Garuḍa-vehicled God Viṣṇu spoke thus: ‘[...] You are fair-complexioned and Satī has the blue lustre of the glossy collyrium [viz., nīlāñjana]. I on the other hand am blue in hue and Lakṣmī is fair-complexioned. You two shine in juxtaposition with us two’”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Shaivism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन) refers to “blue collyrium”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult. Accordingly, “O goddess, Svacchanda is in the middle, within the abode of the triangle. Very powerful, he has five faces with three times five flaming eyes. [...] O beautiful lady, this, the western one, is yellow like vermillion mixed with musk. Divine, it generates great energy. (The southern face) is somewhat fierce with large sharp teeth and long red eyes. It is blue like a blue lotus and blue collyrium [i.e., nīlāñjana-samaprabha]. Beautiful and fierce, he wears a gem and a snake and his hair is brown. He is called Aghora, contemplating (him) he bestows success in every enterprise”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Nīlañjanā (नीलञ्जना) is the mother of Aśvagrīva (one of the nine Prativāsudevas, i.e., enemies of Vāsudevas), according to chapter 4.1 [śreyāṃsanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“Now in the city Ratnapura, there was a Prativiṣṇu, Aśvagrīva, son of Mayūragrīva, borne by Nīlañjanā. He was eighty bows tall, with the color of a new cloud, with a life of eighty-four lacs of years, long-armed. The itch of his arms was not satisfied by beatings of his enemies, like that of a lion by rending the boss of an elephant. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nīlāñjana (नीलांजन).—n S Blue vitriol.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nīlāñjana (नीलांजन).—n See nīrāñjana.

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nīlāñjana (नीलांजन).—n Blue vitriol.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन).—

1) antimony.

2) blue vitriol.

Derivable forms: nīlāñjanam (नीलाञ्जनम्).

Nīlāñjana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and añjana (अञ्जन).

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Nīlāñjanā (नीलाञ्जना).—lightning.

Nīlāñjanā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nīla and añjanā (अञ्जना). See also (synonyms): nīlāñjasā.

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

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन).—n.

(-naṃ) Blue vitriol. f.

(-nā) Lightning. E. nīla blue, añjana collyrium, &c. (tuṃ~te |)

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

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन).—[neuter] (black) antimony.

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

1) Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन):—[from nīla > nīl] n. black antimony, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] an unguent made of ant° and blue vitriol, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (v.r. lāśmaja)

3) Nīlāñjanā (नीलाञ्जना):—[from nīlāñjana > nīla > nīl] f. lightning

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

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन):—[nīlā+ñjana] (naṃ) 1. n. Blue vitriol, collyrium. f. () Lightning.

[Sanskrit to German]

Nilanjana 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

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nīlāṃjana (ನೀಲಾಂಜನ):—

1) [noun] a votive lamp, lit before a deity.

2) [noun] a waving of such lamps before a deity.

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Nīlāṃjana (ನೀಲಾಂಜನ):—[noun] a kind of antimony or collyrium.

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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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nilanjana in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Nīlāñjana (नीलाञ्जन):—n. copper sulphate; antimony;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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