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Mahānāda, aka: Mahānādā, Mahanada, Mahānada; 4 Definition(s)

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Mahānāda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Mahānāda can be transliterated into English as Mahanada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Mahānāda (महानाद) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Aṭṭahāsa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Mahānāda) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

Purāṇa

Mahānadā (महानदा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Mahānadā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

1) Mahānada (महानद).—A R. from the Rkṣa hill.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 29.

2a) Mahānāda (महानाद).—An Asura residing in Tatvalam.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 16.

2b) A name of Vighneśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 67.

2c) A tīrtha sacred to the Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 53.

3) Mahānādā (महानादा).—A mother goddess.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 31.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

The name of this chakra means 'Great Sound', and it is in the shape of a plough. It represents the primal sound from which emanates all of creation.

Also see: Sahasrāra.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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