Madhvacarya, Madhvācārya: 6 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Madhvacharya.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Madhvacarya in Purana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Madhvācārya (मध्वाचार्य) is the name a philosophical or religious system, described in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, chapters thirty-eight through forty contains very interesting stories directed towards the denouncement of the system Madhvācārya, which was gaining ground to the great disadvantage of the Śiva-worshippers called Śaivas.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Madhvacarya in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Madhvācārya (मध्वाचार्य).—A great thirteenth-century Vaiṣṇava spiritual master, who preached the theistic philosophy of pure dualism. The founder of the dvaita school of Vedānta philosophy.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Madhvacarya in Hinduism glossary
Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Madhvacharya (1199–1278 CE), was the chief proponent of Tattvavāda "philosophy of reality", popularly known as the Dvaita (dualism) school of Hindu philosophy. It is one of the three most influential Vedānta philosophies. Madhvācārya was one of the important philosophers during the Bhakti movement. He was a pioneer in many ways, going against standard conventions and norms. According to tradition, Madhvācārya is believed to be the third incarnation of Vāyu (Mukhyaprāna) and first two being Hanuman and Bhīma. (Padmanabhachar).

He is also known as Purna Prajna and Ananda Tirtha.

Madhvācārya (or Madhva) was born on the Vijayadashami day in 1199 CE (AD) near Udupi, a town in the south-west Indian State of Karnataka. Traditionally it is believed that Nadillaya Nārāyana Bhatta as name of the father and Vedavati as Madhvācārya's mother. They named him Vāsudeva at birth. Later he became famous by the names Pūrna-prajña, Ānanda-tīrtha and Madhvācārya.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Madhvacarya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Madhvācārya (मध्वाचार्य):—[from madhva] m. = madhva-guru, [Horace H. Wilson]

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Madhvacarya 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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