Nimi; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

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: Puranic Encyclopaedia

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.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Nimi

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.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nimi (निमि).—

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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nimi (निमि).—(1) (= Pali id., also Nemi, q.v.) n. of a king, former incarnation of Śākyamuni; the hero of the Pali Nimi Jāt. (541): LV 170.16 (Tibetan mu khyud, rim, suggesting Nemi); MSV i.112.18 ff.; (2) n. of a former Buddha: Sukh 6.9.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Nimi (निमि).—m.

(-miḥ) 1. Twinkling. 2. A son of Ikshwaku condemned to reside in the twinkle of the eye.

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