Hahava, aka: Hāhava; 3 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Hahava (हहव) is the name of a hell according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “Twenty stays in the Aṭaṭa hell equals one stay in the A p’o p’o (Hahava) hell. – Twenty stays in the Hahava hell equals one stay in the Hieou hieou (Huhuva) hell.”.

2) Hahava (हहव) refers to one of the “eight hells of cold water” forming part of the sixteen utsadas (secondary hells) sitauted outside of the eight great hells, according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “In the three hells, Aṭata, Hahava and Huhuva, the damned shiver in the biting cold wind, unable to open their mouths, and these hells are named after the groans which are heard there”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hāhava (हाहव).—A kind of hell.

Derivable forms: hāhavaḥ (हाहवः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hahava (हहव).—m. (corresp. to Pali ahaha, m.; see also apapa), n. of a (cold, Tibetan) hell: Mvy 4932 (Tibetan treats it as derived from an exclamation of grief); Divy 67.23; 138.7; Av i.4.9 etc.; Mmk 635.22. Cf. also hāha, hāhava, which however are mentioned with hot hells.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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