Nityadana, Nityadāna, Nitya-dana: 7 definitions


Nityadana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (dharma)

Nityadāna (नित्यदान) or simply Nitya refers to “daily donation” and represents one of the four types of Dāna (“gift”) according to the Dharmaśāstra taught in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—The Saurapurāṇa describes the importance and enumeration of dāna in chapters nine and ten. It classifies dāna into four types.—Nityadāna consists in the daily offering of gifts to the deserving in a spirit of duty without expecting any reward.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nityadana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nityadāna (नित्यदान).—n (S) Giving daily or constantly: also a gift so given.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nityadāna (नित्यदान).—n Giving daily or constantly.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nityadana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nityadāna (नित्यदान).—daily alms-giving.

Derivable forms: nityadānam (नित्यदानम्).

Nityadāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nitya and dāna (दान).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nityadāna (नित्यदान).—ind. Always, constantly, and eternally. E. nitya, and dāc aff.

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Nityadāna (नित्यदान).—n.

(-naṃ) Daily alms. E. nitya, and dāna gift.

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

Nityadāna (नित्यदान):—[=nitya-dāna] [from nitya] n. daily alms-giving, [Horace H. Wilson]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nityadāna (नित्यदान):—[nitya-dāna] (naṃ) 1. n. Daily alms.

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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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