Nipatya, Nipatyā: 8 definitions


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

Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

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Source: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Nipatya (निपत्य) refers to “falling on the ground”, according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, [while discussing the outlines of hawking]: “Saras Cranes and Comnon Cranes attached by a Kuhī excite a fierce emotion, for they are like winged mountains pursuing each other. Falling on the ground (nipatya), they strike each other with their talons and make a fierce noise; then changing their position, they strike each other with their beaks in a terrible fight”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Nipatya (निपत्य) refers to “having bowed down (at one’s feet)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [After Viṣṇudatta attempted to enchant a Nāga]: “[...] He ran to the Bhagavān, went up to him and having bowed down (nipatya) at his feet said, ‘May the Bhagavān save me, may the Sugata save me. A fierce Nāga is desirous of destroying my life and there is nobody to save me’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nipatyā (निपत्या).—

1) Slippery ground.

2) A battle-field.

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

Nipatya (निपत्य).—ind. 1. Having fallen down, prostrate. 2. Having alighted. E. ni before pat to fall, lyap aff.

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Nipatyā (निपत्या).—f.

(-tyā) 1. A field of battle. 2. Any plashy or slippery ground. E. ni in or on, pat to fall, ādhāre kyap aff.

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

1) Nipatya (निपत्य):—[=ni-patya] [from ni-pat] ind. having fallen down etc., [Mahābhārata]

2) Nipatyā (निपत्या):—[=ni-patyā] [from ni-pat] f. any slippery ground

3) [v.s. ...] a field of battle, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Nipātya (निपात्य):—[=ni-pātya] [from ni-pat] a ind. throwing down, overthrowing, destroying, killing, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] b mfn. to be cast down or overthrown

6) [v.s. ...] (in gram.) to be put down or mentioned as an irregularity.

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

Nipatyā (निपत्या):—[ni-patyā] (tyā) 1. f. Field of battle; mud.

[Sanskrit to German]

Nipatya 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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