Mahabahu, aka: Maha-bahu, Mahābāhu; 5 Definition(s)
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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: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Mahābāhu (महाबाहु).—A son of Danu.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 19.
1b) A son of Hiraṇyākṣa.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 3.
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.
Itihasa (narrative history)
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.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
Katha (narrative stories)
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.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Languages of India and abroad
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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 11: Future Vāsudevas < [Chapter XIII - Śrī Mahāvīra’s nirvāṇa]
Appendix 1.6: New and rare words < [Appendices]
The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 6 - Birth of Devas, Daityas, Birds and Serpents etc. < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
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