Nishcitya, Niścitya: 4 definitions


Nishcitya 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 Niścitya can be transliterated into English as Niscitya or Nishcitya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Nishchitya.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nishcitya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Niścitya (निश्चित्य) refers to “(reaching a) definite conclusion”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “Then all those gods and sages consulted one another and in their great fright they came to my world and approached me in a piteous plight. [...] Coming to a definite conclusion [i.e., niścitya] with adequate thought as to the reason for the same, I went where the demon was performing penance in order to grant him the boon. O sage, I told him thus—‘Tell me what boon you want. A severe penance has been performed by you. There is nothing which cannot be granted to you’. On hearing these words of mine, Tāraka, the great demon, bowed and eulogised me and requested for a terrible boon”.

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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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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

[«previous next»] — Nishcitya in Arts glossary
Source: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Niścitya (निश्चित्य) refers to “that which is determined after deliberation”, 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, “[...] It has been said that there are eighteen addictions. These are the outcome of the desire for earthly enjovments. [...] Fault-finding is defined as divulgence of other people’s faults. This should be carefully heard from spies: and then the course of action determined after deliberation (niścitya) within oneself, and the needful done by trusted emissaries. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nishcitya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Niścitya (निश्चित्य).—ind. Having ascertained, E. nir aff. ci to collect, lyap aff.

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

Niścitya (निश्चित्य):—[=niś-citya] [from niś-ci] ind. having ascertained or decided, feeling assured or convinced or resolute, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature 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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