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Nīlakaṇṭha


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1 An epithet of Śiva, derived from the way in which, at the Churning of the Ocean, he nullifies the kālakūṭa (halāhala) poison by holding it in his throat before swallowing it.

2 (fl. in second half of the 17th century) A Marathi-speaking brahmin, active in Vārāṇasī. Among over a dozen other commentaries, he composed the Bhāratabhāvadīpa on the Mahābhārata, an influential commentary which purports to uncover the Epic's ‘inner’, Vedāntic meaning. Nīlakaṇṭha's text provides the basis for the ‘Bombay’ edition of the Mahābhārata (1862–63).

Subjects: Hinduism.


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