Brahmahatya, Brahmahatyā, Brahman-hatya: 13 definitions

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Brahmahatya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Brahmahatya in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Brahma-hatyā.—(CITD), killing a Brāhmaṇa, considered to be a great sin. Note: brahma-hatyā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmahatya in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

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

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmahatya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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) Manusmṛti 11.72.

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—f.

(-tyā) 1. Brahminicide, killing a Brahman. 2. Any crime equally heinous. E. brahma and hatyā killing.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmahatya (ब्रह्महत्य).—f. killing a Brāhmaṇa, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 184.

Brahmahatya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and hatya (हत्य).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या).—[feminine] killing of a Brahman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या):—[=brahma-hatyā] [from brahma > brahman] f. murder of a Brāhman (or any crime equally heinous), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]; etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmahatyā (ब्रह्महत्या):—[brahma-hatyā] (tyā) 1. f. Brāhmanicide.

[Sanskrit to German]

Brahmahatya in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmahatya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Brahmahatya (ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಹತ್ಯ):—[noun] = ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ [brahmahatye].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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