Showing posts with label Anika. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anika. Show all posts

Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ani Or Anika In Sanskrit?

Ani is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word anika, which means "army," according to legend. 

  • The Bairagi Nagas, ascetic merchants and mercenary warriors who were devotees (bhakta) of the deity Vishnu, were a significant organizational division. 
  • The Digambara, Nirmohi, and Nirvani are the three Bairagi anis now in existence. 
  • These anis were formerly real combat units, but nowadays these differences are mostly used to establish bathing (snana) order in the Kumbha Mela bathing processions. 
  • The Digambaras are the most significant of the three anis, and they take priority over the others at the Kumbha Mela.

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