Nilakantha नीलकंठ

  • Suitable for Boy
  • Unique name
  • Easy to pronounce
  • 4 syllables and 10 letters
  • pronounced as nIlakaNTha
  • Hindi (Sanskrit) नीलकंठ

Blue Throat Short Meaning

Literal meaning

Nilakantha (Sanskrit नीलकण्ठ) is a name of Lord Shiva. Nilakantha literally means blue throat.

Intended meaning

Nilakantha is made up of two words, Nila means blue and Kantha means throat. Nilakantha is the name of Lord Shiva as his throat is of blue colour, because Lord Shiva swallowed the poison produced at the churning of the oceans, which according to Hindu mythology would have destroyed the world. Mention of this word is also found in Mahabharata, Kavya and Sushrut (सुश्रुत) where Nilakantha means blue-necked or a peacock. Nilakantha is also mentioned in various Epics of Hindu mythology as the name of celebrated scholars and various authors. This name is also used by lexicographers like Hemchandra and Amar Singh in their writings where Nilakantha is used for sparrow, blue-necked jay and radish.

Popularity of Nilakantha

Nilakantha is not a popular name in the USA. Nilakantha is a very popular name in India as it is a name of Lord Shiva. However Nilakantha is not adopted by many people of India as the name of their babies. Nilakantha is a religious name, common and slightly difficult to pronounce.

More about Nilakantha

  • Nilakantha Somayaji was a major mathematician and astronomer of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics.
  • Pandit Nilakantha Das, was one of the comrades of 'Pancha Sakha' of 'Satyabadi Era'. He was an orator, politician, social reformer and patriot.
  • Neelakantha Chaturdhara was a scholar who lived in Varanasi in the later half of the 17th century, famous for his commentary on the Mahabharata.

Spelling variations

  • Nilakantha
  • Neelakantha
  • Nilakanta
  • Neelakanta
  • Neelakanth
Nick names

Nilu निलु

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