Brahmahatya, aka: Brahmahatyā, Brahman-hatya; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—Killing a Brāhmaṇa is called Brahmahatyā. In ancient India killing a Brāhmin was considered to be a great sin. He, who committed this sin had to build a hut in the forest and live there for a period of twelve years, or make an alms-pot called 'Śivaśirodhvaja' and wander about begging alms, to purify his soul, or else to attempt to jump into a blazing fire thrice with bowed head, or perform one of the three sacrifices Aśvamedha, Svarjit or Gosava. If none of these was possible, he had to give all the wealth he had to Brāhmins well-versed in Vedas, as gift. It is mentioned in Agnipurāṇa, Chapter 169, that if any of the vows mentioned above was performed he would be absolved from the sin of Brahmahatyā.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—f (S) The killing of a Brahman. Pr. haika or phaṭa mhaṇatāṃ bra0 Great things arise from the feeblest cause or upon the slightest occasion. 2 fig. Unceasingly persecuting ill-luck.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—f The killing of a Brahman.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—the murder of a Brāhmaṇa.

Brahmahatyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and hatyā (हत्या). See also (synonyms): brahmavadha, brahmavadhyā.

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Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—Brahmanicide, killing a Brāhmaṇa; ब्रह्महत्यां वा एते घ्नन्ति (brahmahatyāṃ vā ete ghnanti) Trisuparṇa. हन् (han) a. murderer of a Brāhmaṇa; ब्रह्महा द्वादश समाः कुटीं कृत्वा वने वसेत् (brahmahā dvādaśa samāḥ kuṭīṃ kṛtvā vane vaset) Ms.11.72.

Brahmahatyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and hatyā (हत्या). See also (synonyms): brahmavadha.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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