Mahabhadra, aka: Mahābhadra, Mahābhadrā, Maha-bhadra; 5 Definition(s)
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
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:
Mahābhadra (महाभद्र).—A lake in the north (in Ilāvṛta Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 16. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 26.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
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).Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā
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
Mahābhadrā (महाभद्रा).—Name of the river Gaṅgā.
Mahābhadrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and bhadrā (भद्रा).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-drā) The Ganges. E. mahā much, and bhadrā propitious.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 17 - Description of the Jambūdvīpa (jambū-dvīpa) < [Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 3: Wandering of Mahāvīra and Gośāla (continued) < [Chapter IV - Mahāvīra’s second period of more than six years]
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)