Mahabahu, Mahābāhu, Maha-bahu: 14 definitions

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Mahabahu means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—One of the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Bhīmasena killed him in the Bhārata Yuddha. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 157, Verse 19).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु) refers one “of powerful arms” and is used to describe Vīrabhadra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.42.—Accordingly, as Śiva said to narrated to Vīrabhadra after seeing the destruction of Dakṣa’s sacrifice:—“[...] O Vīrabhadra of powerful arms (i.e., Mahābāhu), what is it that you have done? O dear, in your hurry you have inflicted very severe punishment on the celestial sages and others. Bring Dakṣa here quickly. O dear, he performed a sacrifice contrary to rules, whence this result arose”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—A son of Danu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 19.

1b) A son of Hiraṇyākṣa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 3.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahābāhu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Mahabahu in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु) is the name of a champion allied to Devamāya who marched in war against Naravāhanadatta, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109. Accordingly, “... and when he was captured his army was broken, and fled, together with the great champions Vajramuṣṭi, Mahābāhu, Tīkṣṇadaṃṣṭra, and their fellows. Then the gods in their chariots exclaimed: ‘Bravo! Bravo!’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahābāhu, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु) refers to one of the male Vidyā-beings mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Mahābāhu).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—a. long-armed, powerful.

-huḥ an epithet of Viṣṇu.

Mahābāhu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and bāhu (बाहु).

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

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—mfn. (-huḥ-huḥ-hu) Having long arms. E. mahā great, bāhu an arm.

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

Mahabāhu (महबाहु).—and

Mahabāhu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms maha and bāhu (बाहु).

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

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—[adjective] long-armed ([Epithet] of gods & heroes).

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

1) Mahābāhu (महाबाहु):—[=mahā-bāhu] [from mahā > mah] mfn. long-armed, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Viṣṇu, [Mahābhārata]

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

4) [v.s. ...] of a Rākṣasa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] of one of the sons of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [Mahābhārata]

6) [v.s. ...] of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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

Mahābāhu (महाबाहु):—[mahā-bāhu] (huḥ-huḥ-huṃ) a. Having a long or powerful arm.

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Mahabahu in German

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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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