Haha, aka: Hahā, Hāhā; 9 Definition(s)


Haha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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)

Hāhā (हाहा).—A Gandharva, the son of Kaśyapaprajāpati by his wife Pradhā. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 59). Other Information. (1) Hāhā was present at the birthday celebrations of Arjuna. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 59).

He lives in Kubera’s assembly. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 25).

Hāhā welcomed Arjuna in the Devaloka when once he visited the place. (Vana Parva, Chapter 43. Verse 14). (See full article at Story of Hāhā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Hahā (हहा).—The Gandharva presiding over the month of Śukra;1 with the sun in summer;2 expert in divine music.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 36; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 8.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 7.
  • 3) Ib. 69. 46.

2) Hāhā (हाहा).—A Gandharva singer who entertains Brahmā with music;1 with the sun in the months of śuci and śukra;2 see Hāhā.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 52. 15[4]; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 68.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 107:
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Haha (हह) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.49, I.65) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Haha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Hāhā (हाहा) is the name of a gandharva god according to both the Digambara and the Śvetāmbara traditions. The gandharvas refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The gandharvas have a golden appearance according to the Digambaras and the Tumbaru tree is their caitya-vṛkṣa (sacred-tree). They have a blackish complexion and are beautiful in appearance, have excellent physiognomy, sweet voices and are adorned with crowns and neckalces according to the Śvetāmbaras.

The deities such as the Hāhā are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

hāhā (हाहा).—An interjection of grief, sorrow, or pain.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hāhā (हाहा).—An interj. of sorrow, grief, or pain.

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

Hahā (हहा).—m. A kind of Gandharva; cf. हाहा (hāhā).

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Hāhā (हाहा).—m. Name of a Gandharva; हा हेति गायन् यदशोचि तेन नाम्नापि हाहा हरिगायनोऽभूत् (hā heti gāyan yadaśoci tena nāmnāpi hāhā harigāyano'bhūt) N.2.27; हाहाहूहूभ्यां त्वा गन्धर्वाभ्यां परिददामि (hāhāhūhūbhyāṃ tvā gandharvābhyāṃ paridadāmi) Kaus.7.56.13. -ind. An exclamation denoting pain, grief or surprise, (it is simply repeated for the sake of emphasis; see ); हा हा देवि स्फुटति हृदयं ध्वंसते देहबन्धः (hā hā devi sphuṭati hṛdayaṃ dhvaṃsate dehabandhaḥ) U.3.38.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hāha (हाह).—Kv 18.13; 50.3; and hāhava, Kv 66.16; names of (a) hell(s), from the context seemingly hot; compare hahava (a cold hell).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Hahā (हहा).—m.

(-hā) A Gandharba or chorister of heaven; also hāhā .

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Hāhā (हाहा).—m.

(-hāḥ) A Gandharba, a demi-god of an inferior order, atten- dant on Kuvera and the other gods, and especially the chanter of their praises. Ind. An interjection of surprise, grief, or pain. E. alas, interjection of sorrow, to abandon, kvip aff.; or interjection repeated; also with asi or asun aff., hāhas m.


Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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