Mahabali, aka: Mahābalī; 5 Definition(s)
Mahabali means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Mahābali (महाबलि).—See under the word Bali.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Mahabali (or Bali) was a benevolent Asura King defeated by the god Vishnu.
See Bali.Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Mahābalī (महाबली) or Mahābala is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Mahābalā forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Hṛdayacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the hṛdayacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Mahābalī] and Vīras are reddish yellow in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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.
Languages of India and abroad
mahābali (महाबलि).—m (S) pop. mahābaḷī m A great offering (as of dressed food, of flesh &c.) in contradistinction from the ordinary offerings, or as made to propitiate the Pishach &c.
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mahābaḷī (महाबळी).—a Very powerful or strong.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
mahābaḷī (महाबळी).—m Great offering. a Very power- ful.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Starts with: Mahabali Buti.
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Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
The history of Andhra country (1000 AD - 1500 AD) (by Yashoda Devi)
Part 2 - Aggaparaju (A.D. 1023) < [Chapter XVI - The Banas]
Introduction (Bana dynasty) < [Chapter XVI - The Banas]
Early Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Pullamangai (Pasupati Koyil) < [Chapter II - Temples of Parantaka I’s Time]
Introduction < [Chapter I - Parantaka I (Madirai-Konda Parakesari)]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 37 - Destruction of Dakṣa’s sacrifice < [Section 2.2 - Rudra-saṃhitā (2): Satī-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 52 - The story of Ūṣā (2) < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)