Madya; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Madya (मद्य) refers to “wine”, forming part of a common diet in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Madya is recommended as a drink on the New Snow-fall Day and Irāmañjari-pūjana. The expression irāpuṣpasamāyuktaṃ pānam refers to the wine distilled from flowers (verses 465, 675). Most of the references to the articles of diet occur in the Nīlamata in connection with the offerings made to the gods but it is not difficult to infer from them the food and drink of the common people because “what a man eats his gods eat”.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Madya (मद्य).—Liquor: Brahmanas forbidden to take it: prāyascitta for it: used in the worship of the mother goddess and the Śaktis.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 7. 66, 73-6; 8. 41.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Madya (मद्य, “wine”) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “There are three kinds of wine (madhya): i) cereal wine (surā), ii) fruit wine (phalamadya), iii) herb wine (oṣadhimadya). Briefly, liquors, dry or wet, clear or cloudy, that cause excitation (kampana) or weakness (pramāda) in the human mind are called wine (madhya). They should not be consumed, and this is what is called abstaining from liquor (madyavirati)”.

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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Madya (मद्य, “alcohol”) refers to one of the ten classifications of food (āhāra), also known as vikṛtis, according to the 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.130) by Hemacandra. Madya refers to alcohol, which may be of two kinds: from sugar-cane juice or from the fermentation of grain.

Alcohol (madya) is forbidden to consume for Jain laymen. The five udumbara fruits and three forbidden vikṛtis: meat (māṃsa), alcohol (madya), and honey (madhu)—from which abstention is enjoined have one aspect in common: they are all used as offerings to the spirits of the ancestors (pitṛs). For Amitagati, in the Subhāṣita-ratna-sandoha, the common characteristic of meat, alcohol, and honey is their aphrodisiac quality.

While some writers tend to stress the pernicious effects of alcohol (madya) in befuddling the mind of the drinker others are more concerned with the inevitable hiṃsā involved in the process of fermentation. Thus Somadeva, in his Yaśastilaka, and Āśādhara, in his Sāgāra-dharmāmṛta (v2.8) refer to the immense number of jīvas transformed into a drop of alcohol and the former adds that sometimes in the cycle of transmigration beings are metamorphosed into wine to bemuse the minds of men. This same honey is unclean because it is derived from the vomit or spittle of insects and even though it may possess medicinal properties it will still lead to hell. Hemacandra, in his Yogaśāstra verse 3.41 mentions especially the use of honey in the Śaivite deva-snāna, and the false idea that it is holy.

Source: Jaina Yoga
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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

madya (मद्य).—n (S) Vinous or spirituous liquor.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

madya (मद्य).—n Vinous liquor. madyapāna n Drinking of spirits.

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

Madya (मद्य).—a. [mādyatyanena karaṇe yat]

1) Intoxicating.

2) Gladdening, exhilarating.

-dyam Spirituous liquor, wine, any intoxicating drink; रणक्षितिः शोणितमद्यकुल्या (raṇakṣitiḥ śoṇitamadyakulyā) R.7.49; Ms.5.56;9.84;1.89; भिक्षो मांसनिषेवणं प्रकुरुषे किं तेन मद्यं विना (bhikṣo māṃsaniṣevaṇaṃ prakuruṣe kiṃ tena madyaṃ vinā) S. D.525.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Madya (मद्य).—n.

(-dyaṃ) Wine, vinous or spirituous liquor. f.

(-dyā) 1. Intoxicating. 2. Gladdening. E. mada to be intoxicated, (by it), aff. yat .

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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Madyapaṅka (मद्यपङ्क).—m. (-ṅkaḥ) Vinous liquor for distilling. E. madya wine, paṅka mud.
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