Nilaya: 12 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Nilaya (निलय) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mayamata XIX.10-12, the Mānasāra XIX.108-12 and the Samarāṅgaṇa-sūtradhāra XVIII.8-9, all populair treatises on Vāstuśāstra literature.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Nilaya.—(EI 9), cf. grāma-nilaya-nāḍa-sarva-bādhā-parihāreṇa; probably a territorial unit like a Parganā; the inhabited area of a district. Note: nilaya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nilaya : (m.) home; lair; habitation; dwelling place.

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

Nilaya, (fr. ni+) a dwelling, habitation, lair, nest J. III, 454. (Page 371)

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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

Nilaya (निलय).—

1) A hiding place, the lair or den of animals, a nest (of birds); निलयाय शाखिन इवाह्वयते (nilayāya śākhina ivāhvayate) Śi.9.4.

2) A cellar; अम्बराख्याननिलयौ कण्ठदध्नं समन्ततः (ambarākhyānanilayau kaṇṭhadadhnaṃ samantataḥ) Parṇāl. (Two cellars known as Ambarakhānā.)

3) An abode, residence, house, dwelling; oft. at the end of comp. in the sense of 'living or residing in'; नित्यं निर्मूलयेयुर्निचिततरममी भक्तिनिघ्नात्मनां नः पद्माक्षस्याङ्घ्रिपद्मद्वयतलनिलयाः पां (nityaṃ nirmūlayeyurnicitataramamī bhaktinighnātmanāṃ naḥ padmākṣasyāṅghripadmadvayatalanilayāḥ pāṃ)सवः पापपङ्कम् ॥ --विष्णुपादाति स्तोत्रम् (savaḥ pāpapaṅkam || --viṣṇupādāti stotram) 1.

4) Hiding oneself; तस्मान्निलय- मुत्सृज्य यूयं सर्वे त्रिविष्टपम् । यात कालं प्रतीक्षन्तो यतः शत्रोर्विपर्ययः (tasmānnilaya- mutsṛjya yūyaṃ sarve triviṣṭapam | yāta kālaṃ pratīkṣanto yataḥ śatrorviparyayaḥ) || Bhāg.8.15.31.

5) Total destruction.

6) Setting, disappearance; दिनान्ते निलयाय गन्तुम् (dinānte nilayāya gantum) R.2.15. (where the word is used in sense I also).

Derivable forms: nilayaḥ (निलयः).

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

Nilaya (निलय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. A house, a habitation. 2. Abiding place, a den of animals. E. ni in, to embrace, affix ādhāre ac.

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

Nilaya (निलय).—i. e. ni-lī + a, m. A dwelling-place, a nest, a house, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 46, 3; 25, 45.

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

Nilaya (निलय).—[masculine] settling down, rest, repose; hiding-place, dwelling, abode, receptacle; [adjective] —° living or staying in.

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

1) Nilaya (निलय):—[=ni-laya] a etc. See ni-lī.

2) [=ni-laya] [from ni-lī] b m. rest, resting-place (cf. a-nil)

3) [v.s. ...] hidingor dwelling-place, den, lair, nest

4) [v.s. ...] house, residence, abode (often ifc. [f(ā). ] = living in, inhabiting, inhabited by), [Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira; Kāvya literature] etc.

5) Nilāya (निलाय):—[=ni-lāya] [from ni-lī] m. place of refuge, [Atharva-veda iv, 16, 2.]

6) Nīlāya (नीलाय):—[from nīl] [Nominal verb] [Parasmaipada] [Ātmanepada] yati and te, to begin to become blue or dark-coloured, [Kādambarī] (cf. [Pāṇini 3-1, 13]).

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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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