Nirbija, Nirbīja, Nir-bija: 6 definitions



Nirbija means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Nirbīja (निर्बीज) refers to a type of Kriyāvatī-dīkṣā, which in turn represents a type of of Hautrī-dīkṣā where dīkṣā refers to “initiation” performed by a healthy Ādiśaiva as part of his essential priestly duties in the Śiva temple.—Dīkṣā is popularly understood as “dīyate kṣīyate iti dīkṣā”—“that which grants mokṣa, while destroying the karma of the initiate”. Hautrī-dīkṣā referst to dīkṣā where the process involves agnikārya performed according to the rules. Hautrī-dīkṣā is further classified into jñānavatī-dīkṣā, where the agnikārya is performed internally and kriyāvatī-dīkṣā, where the rituals are performed externally. Kriyāvatī-dīkṣā is once again classified into sabīja-dīkṣā, with bījamantra and nirbīja-dīkṣā, without bījamantra.

Nirbīja-dīkṣā is of two types—sadyonirvāṇadā-dīkṣā, that which grants its fruit immediately and dehapātānte-nirvāṇadā-dīkṣā, that which bestows its fruit at the end of life. Nirbīja-dīkṣā is recommended for those who are not eligible or able to perform samayācāra-anuṣṭhāna—women, the old and physically infirm and the sick. Samayī and Putraka (names for the initiates, explained below) can be given nirbīja-dīkṣā.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nirbīja (निर्बीज).—a (S) Devoid of seed--certain fruits &c. 2 fig. Extirpated, exterminated, annihilated. 3 Groundless--a report, a statement.

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nirbīja (निर्बीज).—n (S) Utter extirpation and extinction of.

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

nirbīja (निर्बीज).—a Devoid of seed. Extirpated, annihilated.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nirbīja (निर्बीज).—a. seedless, impotent.

- a sort of grape (Mar. bedāṇā).

Nirbīja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nir and bīja (बीज).

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Nirbīja (निर्बीज).—a.

1) seedless.

2) impotent.

3) causeless.

Nirbīja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nir and bīja (बीज). See also (synonyms): nirvīja.

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

Nirbīja (निर्बीज).—[adjective] seedless, empty; [abstract] tva [neuter]

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

1) Nirbīja (निर्बीज):—[=nir-bīja] [from nir > niḥ] mfn. seedless, impotent (-tva n., [Tattvasamāsa])

2) Nirbījā (निर्बीजा):—[=nir-bījā] [from nir-bīja > nir > niḥ] f. a sort of grape without seeds or stones, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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