Padmanidhi, Padma-nidhi: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)

Padmanidhi (पद्मनिधि) is a sculpture found at the temple of Lokeśvara.—The main shrine starts from the eastern wall to which abut the kakṣāsanas. On both side walls there are man-size seated images of Śaṅkhanidhi and Padmanidhi. They are representatives of two treasures of Kubera, the god of wealth. They are carved in man size. Both are shown plump, because it is believed that they are a sign of opulence. Both are bedecked with various ornaments and headdress. Śaṅkhanidhi, as his name suggests, holds a conch in his hand, whereas Padmanidhi holds a padma, a lotus. Below and on the side of the southern one, Padmanidhi, are again engraved inscriptions in Kannaḍa script and language.

Another sculpture is found as part of the Sūrya (sun god) sculpture, at the eastern porch ceiling.—In the upper portion of the tableau, by the side of the Sun are two makara, aquatic animals from the mouth of which are jutting out two human beings. Below these personages are seated two devotees, one on each side. They are Daṇḍin and Piṅgala. The former with a palm leaf book and a style is writing. On the snouts of aquatic reptiles are seated Śaṅkhanidhi and Padmanidhi. On the right hand side of the tableau, Mandeha, a group of demons who tried to attack the sun god, are taking to their heels. It is believed that they were taken aback when seven ascetics began to offer morning arghya, offering water respectfully to Sūrya. So these ascetics are shown on the right side of the god and on the left side are seen celestial beings offering flowers to him.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Padmanidhi (पद्मनिधि) is the name of a deity, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] I worship the three-eyed sharp-natured Kṣetreśa. His body is black, he has destroyed his adversaries, he carries a skull-bowl and a spear, [but] he is compassionate. I resort to Śaṅkhanidhi and Padmanidhi, who who sit upon a conch and lotus [respectively] as their seats. They are patient, bear the gestures of generosity and protection in their hands, and bring about everyone’s dreams. [...]

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: South Indian Festivities (hinduism)

Padmanidhi (पद्मनिधि) or simply padma, refers to one of the eight nidhis that are under the control of Devi (the Goddess).—The nidhi called Padma is said to be presidedover by Lakshmi and people attaining this nidhi secure prowess and skill in warfare and also command the wealth of all mortals. The two nidhis Sanka and Padma confer on individuals mundane enjoyments and heavenly bliss. The wealth secured by Padma-nidhi makes worldly enjoyments possible and the yogic powers conferred by Sanka-nidhi result in bliss arising from self-realisation. As these two nidhis control in fact the other Nidhis, sculptural representations of these two nidhis only are placed at the sides of temple entrances in southern India.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Padma-nidhi.—(IE 8-8), a sacred deposit made in the temple treasury. Cf. the coin called padmanidhi-malla-māḍa which was probably issued by the temples. Note: padma-nidhi is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Padmanidhi (पद्मनिधि).—a treasure of the value of a Padma.

Derivable forms: padmanidhiḥ (पद्मनिधिः).

Padmanidhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and nidhi (निधि).

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

Padmanidhi (पद्मनिधि):—[=padma-nidhi] [from padma] m. Name of one of the 9 treasures of Kubera (also personified), [Pañcatantra]

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Padmanidhi in German

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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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