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

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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 one of the eighteen major purāṇas dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. Those purāṇas refer to a category of ancient Indian literature relating stories of ancient history, topics of various arts and sciences and ceremonial instructions.

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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.

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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.
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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.

Added: 27.Feb.2014 | WikiPedia: Hinduism
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