Nirmalai, Nīrmalai: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Nirmalai means something in 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

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Acta Orientalia vol. 74 (2013): Historical sequence of the Vaiṣṇava Divyadeśas

Nīrmalai (Toyādrikṣetra) refers to one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam (divyadeśas or divyasthalas), located in the topographical division of Toṇṭaināṭu (“Northern Tamil Nadu”), according to the 9th century Nālāyirativviyappirapantam (shortly Nālāyiram).—Tradition would record the Vaiṣṇava divyadeśas or divyasthalas are 108. The divyadeśa is a base of the cult of Viṣṇu in Viṣṇuism [Vaiṣṇavism] tradition. The list of 108 [viz., Nīrmalai] seems to have reached maturation by about the early 9th century CE as all the deśas are extolled in the hymns of the twelve Āḻvārs.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu

Nirmalai refers to one of the 108 divyadesas according to Priyavaccan Pillai’s compendium of the Ramayana based on the Nalayirativviyappirapantam.—Nirmalai is close to Pallavaram in Chennai. The Lord is called Nirvannan (Lord of the water colour) and Nilamukilvannan (Lord of the Blue cloud colour). According to mythology, sage Valmiki is said to have visited the sthala to worship Ranganatha, Narasimha and Trivikrama. Below the hill, he stood near a saras (cf. Sarayu) and meditated on Rama. He had a darshana of Rama in the form of Ranganatha, Sita as Lakshmi, Laksmana as Adisesha, Sankha-cakra as Bharata-Satrughna, Sugriva as Visvakshena, and Hanuman as Garuda.

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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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