Nishatana, Niśāṭana, Nisha-atana: 8 definitions


Nishatana 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.

The Sanskrit term Niśāṭana can be transliterated into English as Nisatana or Nishatana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

1) Niśāṭana (निशाटन) (lit. “one which wanders during the night”) is a synonym (another name) for the Owl (Ulūka), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

2) Niśāṭana (निशाटन) also refers to the Spotted owlet (Athene brana).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Niśāṭana (निशाटन) refers to one of the three doorkeepers of the Santānabhuvana triangle, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—The Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā identifies this triangle with the whole of the Western Tradition (paścimāmnāya), as the House of the Moon (candragṛha). It is also called Candrapurī as is the Triangle described in chapter three of the Kumārikākhaṇḍa. But note that although they are similar, they are not the same. Both are made up of a series of triads. The one described in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā has a few more compared to the one described in the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, namely, the doorkeepers [i.e., Niśāṭana], Bhairavas, doors, and bolts.

2) Niśāṭana (निशाटन) refers to “one who wanders at night”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(The Śāmbhava yogi) has the authority (to perform the rites), knows the scripture and has a consort. [...] Free of duality, egoless, free of craving, he awakens the body (of mantra). He is well conjoined to the transmission of the intense (form of the) Command. He carries a patchwork quilt and (wears) cotton. Always intent on wandering at night [i.e., niśāṭana], he is said to be a Śāktayogin”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Niśāṭana (निशाटन).—

1) an owl.

2) a demon, ghost, goblin; ईश्वरस्य निशाटानां विलोक्य निखिलां पुरीम् (īśvarasya niśāṭānāṃ vilokya nikhilāṃ purīm) Bk. 8.115; Rām. Ch.1.34

Derivable forms: niśāṭanaḥ (निशाटनः).

Niśāṭana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms niśā and aṭana (अटन). See also (synonyms): niśāṭa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Niśāṭana (निशाटन) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Quoted Oxf. 239^a.

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

1) Niśāṭana (निशाटन):—[from niśā > niś] m. (śāṭ) an owl, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [=niśā-ṭana] [from niśāṭana > niśā > niś] Name of an author, [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German]

Nishatana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Niśāṭana (ನಿಶಾಟನ):—[noun] = ನಿಶಾಚರ [nishacara]2 - 1; 2.a wandering during the night.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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