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ghrāṇendriya (P. ghāṇindriya; T. sna’i dbang po སྣའི་དབང་པོ་; C. bigen 鼻根), or nose faculty, is one of the five sense faculties, which are inner subtle forms based on the physical sense organs.[1]

The "nose faculty" (ghrāṇendriya) functions as:

The "nose faculty" is also referred to as:

  • the nose-sensitivity (ghāna-pasāda) in the Pali Abhidharma tradition[3]


The nose faculty is a translucent form (rūpaprasāda) that is the basis for the nose consciousness.

The Khenjuk states:

The [shape of the] the nose faculty is similar to [the shape of] parallel copper needles.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "The Aggregate of Forms".
  2. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Six sense faculties/sense bases.
  3. Nyanatiloka Thera 2019, s.v. ayatana.