Mahabhuja, Mahābhujā, Mahābhuja, Maha-bhuja: 11 definitions


Mahabhuja 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)

[«previous next»] — Mahabhuja in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Mahābhuja (महाभुज) refers to the “long-armed one” and is used as an epithet for Indra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.36. Accordingly, as Vīrabhadra said to Viṣṇu:—“[...] you too came to Dakṣa’s sacrifice for the sake of sacrificial gifts. O long-armed one [i.e., mahābhuja], I shall now offer you avadāna (i.e. I shall cut you to pieces). O Viṣṇu, I shall split your chest with my trident. Who is your protector who dare come near me?”.

2) Mahābhuja (महाभुज) or “long-armed one” is used as an epithet for Vīrabhadra, according to the same chapter.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Mahābhuja (महाभुज) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.93) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahābhuja) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahabhuja in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahābhujā (महाभुजा) refers to “she who has great arms”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] She has eighteen eyes and great arms [i.e., mahābhujā], above and below. She is illumined by great jewels and her beautiful light is like heated gold. The mantra on her head is divided into twenty-seven divisions and twenty-seven depositions (nyāsa). The goddess of the gods, she is the mistress of the hosts (of the god’s attendants). She is comfortably seated on a lion throne and shines beautifully, dark blue and red. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahabhuja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahābhuja (महाभुज).—a. long-armed, powerful.

Mahābhuja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and bhuja (भुज).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahābhuja (महाभुज).—name of two yakṣas: Mahā-Māyūrī 45; 84.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahābhuja (महाभुज).—adj. having great, powerful arms, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 55, 4; [Indralokāgamana] 5, 55.

Mahābhuja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and bhuja (भुज).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahābhuja (महाभुज).—[adjective] = mahābāhu.

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

Mahābhuja (महाभुज):—[=mahā-bhuja] [from mahā > mah] mfn. having long arms, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahābhuja (महाभुज):—[mahā-bhuja] (jaḥ-jā-jaṃ) a. Of strongarm.

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Mahabhuja in German

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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 (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.

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