Mahabhadra, Mahābhadra, Mahābhadrā, Maha-bhadra: 6 definitions

Introduction

Mahabhadra 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Mahābhadra (महाभद्र) is the name of a lake situated near Supārśva, which is the name of a mountain on the northern side of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Around lake Mahābhadra are situated eleven mountains:

  1. Haṃsakūṭa,
  2. Vṛṣahaṃsa,
  3. Kapiñjala,
  4. Indraśaila,
  5. Nīla,
  6. Kanakaśṛṅga,
  7. Śataśṛṅga,
  8. Puṣkara,
  9. Meghaśaila,
  10. Virāja,
  11. Jāruji.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahābhadra (महाभद्र).—A lake in the north (in Ilāvṛta Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 16. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 26.
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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)

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Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā

Mahābhadra (महाभद्र) is the name of a water-reservoir in Jambūdvīpa mentioned by Soḍḍhala in his Udayasundarīkathā. Jambūdvīpa is one of the seven continents (dvīpa) of Bhūrloka (earth). The soldiers were asked to seek Udayasundarī around these reservoirs of water.

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit work in the campū style, narrating the story of the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana, king of Pratiṣṭhāna. Soḍḍhala is a descendant of Kalāditya (Śilāditya’s brother) whom he praises as an incarnation of a gaṇa (an attendant of Śiva).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahābhadrā (महाभद्रा).—Name of the river Gaṅgā.

Mahābhadrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and bhadrā (भद्रा).

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

Mahābhadrā (महाभद्रा).—f.

(-drā) The Ganges. E. mahā much, and bhadrā propitious.

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

1) Mahābhadra (महाभद्र):—[=mahā-bhadra] [from mahā > mah] m. Name of a mountain, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) Mahābhadrā (महाभद्रा):—[=mahā-bhadrā] [from mahā-bhadra > mahā > mah] f. Gmelina, Arborea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of the Gaṅgā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.; Buddhist literature]

4) Mahābhadra (महाभद्र):—[=mahā-bhadra] [from mahā > mah] n. Name of a lake, [Purāṇa]

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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. 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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