Yoganidra, Yoganidrā, Yoga-nidra: 8 definitions

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Yoganidra 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा) refers to the “mystic slumber” and is used to describe the Goddess (Devī), who incarnated as Satī, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.14. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On seeing the mother of the universe born of Vīriṇī, Dakṣa joined his palms in reverence, paid respects to her and eulogised her. [...] I bow to Thee, the bestower of benefits, Thee who art auspicious, calm, great illusion, mystic slumber (yoganidrā) and identical with the universe”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—Of Viṣṇu on the waters: His primordial form;1 his sleep at Prayāgā;2 left it for churning the ocean.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 2-5.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 9.
  • 3) Ib. 150. 212; 249. 45.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yōganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f S The great sleep of Brahma during the period between the annihilation and the reproduction of the universe.

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

yōganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f The great sleep of Brahma.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—

1) a state of half contemplation and half sleep, a state between sleep and wakefulness; i. e. light sleep; गर्भे प्रणीते देवक्या रोहिणीं योगनिद्रया (garbhe praṇīte devakyā rohiṇīṃ yoganidrayā) Bhāg.1. 2.15; योगनिद्रां गतस्य मम (yoganidrāṃ gatasya mama) Pt.1; H.3.75; ब्रह्मज्ञानाभ्यसन- विधिना योगनिद्रां गतस्य (brahmajñānābhyasana- vidhinā yoganidrāṃ gatasya) Bh.3.41.

2) particularly, the sleep of Viṣṇu at the end of a Yuga; R.1.14; 13.6.

3) Name of Durgā.

4) the great sleep of Brahmā during the period between प्रलय (pralaya) and उत्पत्ति (utpatti) of the universe.

Yoganidrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and nidrā (निद्रा).

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

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f.

(-drā) 1. The sleep of Vishnu during the deluge. 2. A state of half contemplation and half sleep. 3. A goddess, a form of Durga or Vishnu'S sleep personified. E. yoga mystery, nidrā sleep.

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

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—[feminine] contemplative sleep, i.e. a state between sleeping and waking, slumber, [especially] that of Viṣṇu at the end of an age of the world.

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

1) Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा):—[=yoga-nidrā] [from yoga] f. ‘meditation-sleep’, a state of half med° half sleep (which admits of the full exercise of the mental powers; it is peculiar to devotees), light sleep, ([especially]) the sleep of Viṣṇu at the end of a Yuga, V°’s Sleep personified as a goddess and said to be a form of Durgā, [Mahābhārata; Raghuvaṃśa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] ([according to] to others) the great sleep of Brahmā during the period between the annihilation and reproduction of the universe, [Monier-Williams’ 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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