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