Brihanta, Bṛhanta, Bṛhantā: 8 definitions


Brihanta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Bṛhanta and Bṛhantā can be transliterated into English as Brhanta or Brihanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Brihanta in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Bṛhanta (बृहन्त).—A king. Yudhiṣṭhira performed a horse sacrifice. Arjuna was taking the sacrificial horse round, for the conquest of the North when King Bṛhanta opposed him. Arjuna defeated him and brought him under subjugation. He presented Arjuna with a large quantity of precious stones. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 177).

In the battle of Mahābhārata Bṛhanta fought on the side of the Pāṇḍavas, and was killed by Duśśāsana. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 4).

2) Bṛhanta (बृहन्त).—A warrior on the side of the Kauravas. He was the brother of Kṣemadhūrti. Bṛhanta was killed in a fight with Sātyaki. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 4).

3) Bṛhantā (बृहन्ता).—One of the seven mothers of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 118, Stanza 10).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Bṛhanta (बृहन्त).—A son of Bṛhadanu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 49. 48.

1b) A Marut gaṇa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 54.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Bṛhanta (बृहन्त) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.177.7) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bṛhanta) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Bṛhantā (बृहन्ता) is the name of Vidyārājñī (i.e., “wisdom queen”) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Bṛhantā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bṛhanta (बृहन्त).—[adjective] great.

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

1) Bṛhanta (बृहन्त):—[from bṛṃh] mfn. = bṛhat, large, great, [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king, [Mahābhārata]

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Brihanta 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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