Nirrita, aka: Nirṛta, Nirṛtā; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Nirṛta and Nirṛtā can be transliterated into English as Nirrta or Nirrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Nirṛtā (निरृता).—A daughter of Khaśā and a Rākṣasi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 138; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 170.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Nirṛta (निरृत):—In Vedic hinduism, he is the regent of the south-western direction (sometimes as nirṛti). His wife is Surabhi and their son is named Kaśyapa. He is the lord of entities such as nairṛtas, bhūtas and rākṣasas.

Nirṛta (निरृत):—Name of a demon, slain by the seven Mātṛkās that were created by Brahma, according to the Suprabhedāgama.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

A Vedic goddess personifying death, destruction, decay, and misfortune. She is evoked as a close relative of adharma and hiṃsā, and as the mother of Death (Mṛtyu), whose direction (the South/Southwest) she rules over. Sometimes a male equivalent (Nirṛta/Nairṛta) is found with the same characteristics.

Source: Oxford Index: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nirṛta (निरृत).—a. Dissolved, decaying, enervated; weakened.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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Mātṛka (मातृक).—a.1) Coming or inherited from a mother; मातृकं च धनुरूर्जितं दधत् (mātṛkaṃ ca d...
Nirṛti (निरृति).—mfn. (-tiḥ-tiḥ-ti) Free from violence, tyranny, &c. m. (-tiḥ) A demi-god a...

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