Maghavan, Maghavān: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Maghavan in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Maghavan (मघवन्) refers to Indra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Indra: “O lord [i.e., Maghavan], you should carry out the suggestions of Brahmā and see that Śiva is lovingly inclined towards Śivā”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Maghavān (मघवान्).—Another name of Indra;1 served as calf when the Gods milked the earth;2 as Vāyu he mixed up the garments of girls playing in a pleasure garden especially those of Śarmiṣṭhā and Devayānī;3 wife Śaci.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 16. 21. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 79; Vāyu-purāṇa 64. 7.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 206.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 27. 3-4; 138. 1.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 72.

1b) A dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 5.
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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)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Maghavan (मघवन्), the son of Bhadrā and Samudravijaya, is one of the Cakrins (Cakravartins), according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly: “[...] In Bharata there will be twenty-three other Arhats and eleven other Cakrins. [...] The Cakrins will belong to the gotra of Kaśyapa, gold-color, and eight of them will go to mokṣa. [...] In Śrāvastī, Maghavan, the son of Bhadrā and Samudravijaya, will live for five lacs of years, forty-two and a half bows tall. Sanatkumāra, with a life of three lacs of years, in Hastināpura, one bow less than the former height, will be the son of Sahadevī and Aśvasena. In the interval between Dharma and Śānti, these two will go to the third heaven”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Maghavan (मघवन्).—a. [mah-pūjāyāṃ kanin ni° hasya ghaḥ vugāgamaśca Uṇādi-sūtra 1.156] Liberal, munificent. -m. (Nom. sing. maghavā; acc. pl. maghonaḥ)

1) Name of Indra; दुदोह गां स यज्ञाय सस्याय मघवा दिवम् (dudoha gāṃ sa yajñāya sasyāya maghavā divam) R.1.26;3.46; Kirātārjunīya 3.52; Kumārasambhava 3.1.

2) An owl (pecaka).

3) Name of Vyāsa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Maghavan (मघवन्).—m.

(-vā) 1. Indra. 2. One of the twelve Chakravartis, or universal monarchs of the Jainas. 3. An epithet of Vyasa 4. An owl. E. maha to sacrifice, kanin Unadi aff. and vuk augment, form irr.; before the vowel affs. of the second case plural, and the last five cases, the va of this word is changed to u, and thence becomes o as usual, as maghonaḥ, maghonā, maghone, &c.; also with ṅīṣ aff. the fem. form is maghīnī f. (-nī) Sachi, the wife of Indra.

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

Maghavan (मघवन्).—a curtailed form of the next. I. adj., f. ghonī, Wealthy, Chr. 287, 2 = [Rigveda.] i. 48, 2. Ii. m. Indra, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 86, 19.

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

Maghavan (मघवन्).—([feminine] maghonī) [adjective] rich in gifts, liberal, generous; [masculine] the institutor or patron of a sacrifice, [Epithet] of Indra.

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

1) Maghavan (मघवन्):—[=magha-van] [from magha] mfn. (magha-.) (middle stem magha-vat [which may be used throughout], weak stem maghon; [nominative case] m. maghavā or vān f. maghonī or maghavatī [Vopadeva]; n. maghavat; [nominative case] [plural] m. once maghonas; cf. [Pāṇini 6-4, 128; 133]), possessing or distributing gifts, bountiful, liberal, munificent ([especially] said of Indra and other gods, but also of institutors of sacrifices who pay the priests and singers), [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Indra (also [plural] vantaḥ), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] of a Vyāsa or arranger of the Purāṇas, [Catalogue(s)]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Dānava, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] of the 3rd Cakra-vartin in Bhārata, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Maghavan (मघवन्):—(vān) 5. m. Indra; one of the great monarchs of the Jainas.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Maghavan (मघवन्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Maghava, Maghoṇa.

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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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