Nishkramana, aka: Niṣkramaṇa; 6 Definition(s)


Nishkramana 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 Niṣkramaṇa can be transliterated into English as Niskramana or Nishkramana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण):—To bring the baby outside the house for the first time, a ceremony is performed. It is named as Niṣkramaṇa. In this context, the commentator has made the clarification that the purpose the same is seeing of sun. According to the law giver, the age to undergo this is fourth month. He has give an alternative age for performing the rite. This is to be performed according to the custom obtaining in the family.

Source: Shodhganga: Facts of society in the Manusamhita
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण, “going out”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with the eyeballs (tārā);—Instructions: going out [as it were of the eyeballs]. Uses: in the Terrible (bhayānaka) and the Marvellous (adbhuta) Sentiments (rasa).

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

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Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण) refers to the ceremony of “taking the child outdoors” and represents one of the sixteen saṃskāras, or “ceremonies” accompanying the individual during the Gṛhastha (householder) stage of the Āśrama way of life. These ceremonies (eg., niṣkramaṇa-saṃskāra) are community affairs and at each ceremony relations and friends gather for community eating.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण).—

1) Going forth or out.

2) = निष्क्रम (niṣkrama) (3) above; चतुर्थे मासि कर्तव्यं शिशोर्निष्क्रमणं गृहात् (caturthe māsi kartavyaṃ śiśorniṣkramaṇaṃ gṛhāt) Ms.2.34.

Derivable forms: niṣkramaṇam (निष्क्रमणम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण).—(-niṣkramaṇa), see dṛḍha-niṣ°.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Niṣkramaṇa (निष्क्रमण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) 1. Going forth or out. 2. Taking a child for the first time out of the house, in the fourth month, considered as an essential ceremony, and accompanied by sacrifice, &c. E. nir forth, krama to go, lyuṭ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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