Mahabali, Mahābalī: 8 definitions
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.
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Mahābali (महाबलि).—See under the word Bali.Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Mahābali (महाबलि) is the name of a deity who fought on Vīrabhadra’s side in his campaign to destroy Dakṣa’s sacrifice, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.37. Accordingly:—“[...] Vīrabhadra took up all the great miraculous weapons for his fight with Viṣṇu and roared like a lion. [...] A noisy terrible fight ensued between the Gaṇas and the guardians of the quarters, both roaring like lions. [...] O sage, a terrible fight provoking horripilation took place between Mahābali and Varuṇa with various weapons”.
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.
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.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Mahābali (महाबलि) refers to a “great offering (of barley-meal)” (suitable for an offering ritual), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [As the Bhagavān said]: “Now I shall teach the offering manual which is auspicious and can bring about any effect. [...] Seven coiling figures should be made and rice spirals. Twenty-one figures should be prepared one after the other. Boiled rice, milk rice, a dish of rice and peas, yoghurt and thickened milk should be placed. Fruits and flowers should be placed. Four jars should be placed. Preceded by a great offering (mahābali) barley-meal should be placed as foremost. [...]”.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
mahābaḷī (महाबळी).—m Great offering. a Very power- ful.
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.
Mahābali (महाबलि):—[=mahā-bali] [from mahā > mah] m. Name of the giant Bali, [Monier-Williams’ 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 (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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Mahabali Buti, Mahabalipura, Mahabalipurakshetra.
Full-text (+5): Bali, Mahabali Buti, Vajrajvala, Mahabalipura, Virocanasuta, Vindhyavali, Tripadabhumi, Pakharada, Siddhashrama, Onam, Dvadashivrata, Virocana, Mrigankaka, Ayushman, Ulagalantha Perumal, Mali, Vidyutprabha, Saumanasa, Usa, Putana.
Search found 14 books and stories containing Mahabali, Mahābalī, Mahābali, Mahābaḷī, Maha-bali, Mahā-bali; (plurals include: Mahabalis, Mahābalīs, Mahābalis, Mahābaḷīs, balis). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 2.13.342 < [Chapter 13 - The Deliverance of Jagāi and Mādhāi]
Verse 3.10.76 < [Chapter 10 - The Glories of Śrī Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi]
Verse 2.16.101-102 < [Chapter 16 - The Lord’s Acceptance of Śuklāmbara’s Rice]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Gudimallam < [Chapter IV - Temples of Vikrama Chola’s Time]
The history of Andhra country (1000 AD - 1500 AD) (by Yashoda Devi)
Introduction (Bana dynasty) < [Chapter XVI - The Banas]
Part 2 - Aggaparaju (A.D. 1023) < [Chapter XVI - The Banas]
Annadatri-carita (study) (by Sarannya V.)
3. Representation of Uthiyan Cheralathan in History < [Chapter 2 - Depiction of King Utiyan Ceralatan in History and Literature]
5. The Grand feast in Sangam Literature < [Chapter 1 - The Myth of Grand Feast]
1. The Chera Dynasty (Introducion) < [Chapter 2 - Depiction of King Utiyan Ceralatan in History and Literature]
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)]