Mahabaha, Mahābāha, Maha-baha: 1 definition


Mahabaha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahābāha (महाबाह) refers to the “long-armed one” and is used as an epithet for Indra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.36. Accordingly, as Vīrabhadra said to Viṣṇu:—“[...] O Viṣṇu, how is it that you set at nought the affirmation of lord Śiva? Why were you haughty? [...] Still O long-armed one [i.e., mahābāha], if you stand face to face with me wishing for a fight I shall rout you, if at all you can steady yourself”.

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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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