Nivartana, aka: Nivartanā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Nivartana (निवर्तन).—30 daṇḍas by a daṇḍa of 7 hastas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 283. 3, 14.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Nivartanā (निवर्तना) refers to “production” and it is one of the factors making up the 108 kinds of adhikaraṇa (‘substratum’) of the non-living beings (ajīva). This substratum (instruments of inflow) represents the foundation or the basis of an entity.

Nivartanā is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nivartanā (निवर्तना).—What is meant by production (nivartanā)? It means to create, to produce or to make. It is mainly of two types namely:

  1. of primary attributes,
  2. of secondary attributes.

Creating or making of body, speech, mind; beathing (inhalation and exhalation) are production of primary attributes. Creating or making of articles of wood, stone, clay or pictures etc. is called production of secondary attributes.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Nivartana (निवर्तन).—a.

1) Causing to return.

2) Turning back, ceasing.

-nam 1 Returning, turning or coming back, return; इह हि पततां नास्त्यालम्बो न चापि निवर्तनम् (iha hi patatāṃ nāstyālambo na cāpi nivartanam) Śānti.3.2.

2) Not happening, ceasing.

3) Desisting or abstaining from (with abl.)

4) Desisting from work, inactivity (opp. pravartana); Kām.1.28.

5) Bringing back; Amaru. 84.

6) Repenting, a desire to improve.

7) A measure of land (2 rods).

8) Averting, keeping back from (with abl.) विनिपातनिवर्तनक्षमम् (vinipātanivartanakṣamam) Ki.2.13.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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