Nrityanti, Nṛtyantī: 1 definition


Nrityanti 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 Nṛtyantī can be transliterated into English as Nrtyanti or Nrityanti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Nṛtyantī (नृत्यन्ती) refers to “dancing (women)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] The watery places presented there excelled the solid grounds. Even experts could not distinguish what was water and what was solid ground. There were artificial lions. There were rows of storks. There were artificial peacocks, but very beautiful in appearance. Artificial women were represented as dancing (nṛtyantī) with artificial men casting wistful glances at them and enchanting them. [...]”.

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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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