Nityotsava: 4 definitions


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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Nityotsava (नित्योत्सव) refers to the “ritual procession around the temple” and represents one of the various upacāras (offerings), in pūjā (ritual worship), as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Pūjā consists of offering hospitality, in the form of water to wash the feet, to drink, water for ablutions, offering a bath, new clothes, fragrant unguents, fragrant flowers and ornaments, food and so on. Each step in the pūjā process is called “saṃskāra” and each offering is called “upacāra” [viz., Nityotsava].

Nityotsava is to be performed during pūjā (ritualistic worship), according to the Arcanāvidhipaṭala of Kāmikāgama.—[After Prārthanā], then the Ācārya goes to the homamandira. It is recommended to perform the agnikārya in the īśāna corner of the pākaśālā (temple kitchen). Then the Ācārya performs nityotsava, taking the utsavamūrti out on procession around the temple prākāra to the accompaniment of vādyaghoṣa. This is followed by tāṇḍavotsava. The Ācārya then offers gandha, puṣpa once again to the śivaliṅga and gives parāṅmukhaarghya with mahāmudra. He also directs all the deities invoked in the liṅga to go back to their original positions. The Ācārya then meditates that he is one with the Lord who assumed a form and who has now left that form and is nīṣkala again.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Nityotsava (नित्योत्सव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Oppert. 3801.

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

1) Nityotsava (नित्योत्सव):—[from nitya] m. ([in the beginning of a compound]) constant or regular festivals, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of [work] (also -vidhi, m.)

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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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