Nimi: 16 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Nimi (निमि):—One of the most prominent sons of Ikṣvāku (son of Śrāddhadeva or Vaivasvata Manu). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.6.4)
A son called Janaka was born from the remains of his material body, during a sacrifice. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.13.13)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
1) Nimi (निमि).—A famous emperor who was the son of Ikṣvāku. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu thus: Brahmā—Marīci—Kaśyapa—Vivasvān—Vaivasvata Manu—Ikṣvāku—Nimi. (See full article at Story of Nimi from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)
2) Nimi (निमि).—Son of Dattātreyamuni of the Atri family. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 91, Verse 5).
3) Nimi (निमि).—Son of the King of Vidarbha. After giving his daughter in marriage to Agastya he attained heaven. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 137, Verse 11).Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Nimi (निमि) refers to “closing the eyes”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.30. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“observing silence and remembering her lord with great respect, Satī the Goddess calmed down and sat on the ground in the northern wing. Having sipped water duly, covering up her body entirely with her cloth she closed her eyes (nimi) and remembered her lord. She then entered the yogic trance”.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Nimi (निमि).—One of the elder sons of Ikṣvāku; solicited the service of Vasiṣṭha for performing a sacrifice; Vasiṣṭha asked Nimi to wait until he returned from Indra's sacrifice to which he had been invited earlier. But Nimi thinking of the mutability of things got it done with the help of other sages; finding that Nimi had finished his sacrifice the sage cursed ‘Let his body fall’. The king cursed the sage in his turn and cast off his body. After preserving the body in a balm for seven days the sages requested the gods to restore him to life; Nimi refused to enter again the bondage of the physical body; then the gods said, ‘let him live in the eyelids of all living beings’. But the sages were afraid of anarchy and churned the body of Nimi for a son and this was Janaka Vaideha;1 performed a satra at which the nine sages, the sons of Ṛṣabha were present. These enlightened the king on bhāgavata dharma.2 For a slightly different version of the incident regarding the curse see matsya.3
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 6. 4; 13. 1-13; X. 86. 36; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 9; 64. 1; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 2. 12; 5. 1-23.
- 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 2. 14; 25-26; chh. 3 to 5: Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 244 and 248; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 142.
- 3) Matsya-purāṇa 61. 32-5; 201. 1-20.
1b) A son of Daṇḍapāṇi and father of Kṣemaka.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 44.
1c) A son of Bhajamāna.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 44. 50. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 2.
1d) A commander of Tāraka's army; had a chariot of elephants;1 found out the trick of the Sun God in making Asuras appear like Devas and causing their slaughter; he reported this to Kālanemi; threw darts on Janārdana;2 sent cakra against Viṣṇu;3 fight of, with Janārdana;4 fight with Dikpālakas and Kṛṣṇa and Indra; Indra wounded by Mudgara.5
- 1) Matsya-purāṇa 148. 42, 51.
- 2) Ib. 150. 161; 224.
- 3) Ib. 151. 12, 31.
- 4) Ib. 152. 33.
- 5) Ib. 153. 55, 62.
1e) The younger brother of Vikukṣi; established the city of Jayanta near Gautama's āśrama.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 89. 1-2.
1f) A son of Bāhyaka.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 4.
1g) The father of six Ṛtus.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 18.
Nimi (निमि) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.116.68, XIII.115) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Nimi) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
The Bodhisatta born as king of Mithila. See Nimi Jataka.2. Nimi
A Pacceka Buddha. He was king, of Mithila. One day he saw a hawk, which was flying with some meat, attacked by vultures. The hawk dropped the meat, which was then taken up by another bird and he, in his turn, was attacked. This process continuing for some time, the king realized that possessions bring sorrow and suffering. He thereupon renounced his sixteen thousand women, and reflecting on his renunciation, became a Pacceka Buddha, and joined three others, who had also become Pacceka Buddhas: Karandu, Naggaji and Dummukha. J.iii.378f.
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism
Nimi (निमि) refers to one of the descendants of Māghadeva, son of Sāgaradeva: an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahābuddhavaṃsa or Maha Buddhavamsa (the great chronicle of Buddhas) Anudīpanī chapter 1, compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw. Sāgaradeva and Māghadeva and his descendants reigned in Mithilā until their number became eighty-four thousand. The last of these eighty-four thousand kings was named Nimi, the Bodhisatta. His son was named Kaḷārajanaka, whose son was named Samaṅkara, whose son was named Asoca (or Asoka). Their descendants totalling 84,003 again founded Bārāṇasī and reigned there. The last of these 84,003 kings was named Sīhappati.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Winking, twinkling (of the eyes).
2) Name of one of the descendants of Ikṣvāku, and ancestor of the line of kings who ruled in Mithilā.
Derivable forms: nimiḥ (निमिः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Nimi (निमि).—(1) (= Pali id., also Nemi, q.v.) name of a king, former incarnation of Śākyamuni; the hero of the Pali Nimi Jātaka (Pali) (541): Lalitavistara 170.16 (Tibetan mu khyud, rim, suggesting Nemi); Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.112.18 ff.; (2) name of a former Buddha: Sukhāvatīvyūha 6.9.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-miḥ) 1. Twinkling. 2. A son of Ikshwaku condemned to reside in the twinkle of the eye.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nimi (निमि).—m. A proper name, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 41.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nimi (निमि).—[masculine] [Name] of [several] kings.
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Nimi (निमि).—dig in, fix, build, construct.
Nimi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ni and mi (मि).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Nimi (निमि):—1. nimi m. Name of sub voce kings of Videha, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.
2) of a son of Dattátreya, [Mahābhārata]
3) of a son of Ikṣvāku, [Purāṇa] (having lost his body through the curse of Vasiṣṭha he occupied the eyes of all living beings, hence the opening and shutting of men’s eyelids; cf. ni-miṣa and See, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa iv, 5])
4) of 21st Jaina Arhat of present Ava-sarpiṇī (identified with the former Nimi), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) of a son of Bhajamāna, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
6) of a son of Daṇḍa-pāṇi, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
7) of a Dānava, [Harivaṃśa] ([varia lectio] ḍimbha)
8) the closing or winking of the eyes, twinkling, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa ix, 24, 64.]
9) Name of a Tathāgata, [Sukhāvatī-vyūha i].
10) [=ni-mi] 2. ni-√1. mi [Parasmaipada] -minoti ([perfect tense] -mimāya [Passive voice] -mīyate), to fix or dig in, erect, raise, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa] etc.;
—to perceive, notice, understand (?), [Atharva-veda iv, 16, 5. 2.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nimi (निमि):—(miḥ) 2. m. Son of Ikshwāku.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Nimi (निमि):—m. Nomen proprium verschiedener Könige der VidehaH nimireva ca (vinaṣṭo vinayāt) [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 7, 41.] [Mahābhārata 1, 227. 2, 320. 12, 8600.] [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 66, 8 (Gorresio 68, 8). 71, 3 (Gorresio 73, 2.).] [Raghuvaṃśa 11, 49.] ein Sohn Dattātreya’s [Mahābhārata 13, 4330. fgg.] Ikṣvāku’s [Viṣṇupurāṇa 359. 388. fg.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9, 6, 4. 13, 1. fgg.] Bei den Jaina ist Nimi aus Ikṣvāku’s Geschlecht der 21ste Arhant der gegenwärtigen Avasarpiṇī [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 28.] Nomen proprium eines Sohnes des Bhajamāna [Viṣṇupurāṇa 424.] des Daṇḍapāṇi [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9, 22, 42.] Nomen proprium eines Dānava [Harivaṃśa 9141.] Der Name Nimi erscheint auch [Rgva tch’er rol pa 166], die tib. Uebersetzung führt aber auf nemi zurück; vgl. nimiṃdhara . Nachdem Nimi, der Sohn Ikṣvāku’s, durch einen Fluch seinen Körper eingebüsst hatte, wollten die Götter ihm wieder dazu verhelfen; dieser schlug es aber aus und wählte statt dessen den Aufenthalt in den Augen aller lebenden Wesen. Daher das ewige Schliessen (nimiṣa, nimeṣa) und Oeffnen der Augen. [Viṣṇupurāṇa 388. fg.] Dieser etymologischen Spielerei verdankt das Wort nimi seine Bedeutung Schliessung des Auges, Blinzeln [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9, 24, 64.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
Nimi (निमि):—m. Nomen proprium —
1) verschiedener Fürsten. Ein Sohn Ikṣvāku’s diesen Namens hat es bewirkt , dass die Menschen die Augen schliessen und öffnen. [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9,24,64.] —
2) eines Dānava. ḍimbha v.l.
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See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+85): Nimicchati, Nimih, Nimikalami, Nimiketu, Nimil, Nimila, Nimilaka, Nimilan, Nimilana, Nimilanamakshi, Nimilat, Nimilesi, Nimileti, Nimiletva, Nimilika, Nimilin, Nimilit, Nimilita, Nimilitadrish, Nimilitaksha.
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Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (by Nāgārjuna)
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
The Ramayana of Valmiki (by Hari Prasad Shastri)
Chapter 57 - The End of the Story of Vasishtha and Nimi < [Book 7 - Uttara-kanda]
Chapter 55 - The Story of Nimi < [Book 7 - Uttara-kanda]
Chapter 71 - King Janaka gives an account of the succession and his dynasty < [Book 1 - Bala-kanda]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)