Mahabrahmana, Mahābrahmāṇa, Maha-brahmana, Mahābrāhmaṇa: 9 definitions



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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahabrahmana in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Mahābrahmāṇa (महाब्रह्माण) refers to the “great Brahmās” and represents one of the eighteen “gods of the form-realms” (rūpāvacaradeva) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 128). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., mahā-brahmāṇa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण).—

1) a great or learned Brāhmaṇa.

2) a low or contemptible Brāhmaṇa.

Derivable forms: mahābrāhmaṇaḥ (महाब्राह्मणः).

Mahābrāhmaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and brāhmaṇa (ब्राह्मण).

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

Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण).—m.

(-ṇaḥ) 1. A priest who officiates at funeral ceremonies. 2. An eminent Brahmana. E. mahā great, and brāhmaṇa a Brahmana.

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

Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण).—[masculine] a great Brahman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Sv. Io. 1297. 2130. W. p. 67-69. Oxf. 377^b. 379^b. 380^a. Paris. (D 143). B. 1, 36. Ben. 16. Bik. 74. 75. Haug. 14. 15. 42. Oudh. Iii, 2 (and—[commentary]). Brl. 50. Burnell. 11^b. Mysore. 1. P. 6. Oppert. 1530. 2400. 7977. Ii, 10167. Peters. 2, 178. 179.
—[commentary] Np. Vi, 8. Rice. 56.
—[commentary] Sāmavedārthaprakāśa by Sāyaṇa. Io. 878 ([fragmentary]). Oxf. 379^b. 405^a. Paris. (D 143 A). Bik. 75 -77. Peters. 2, 179.
—[sub-commentary] Tāṇḍyabrāhmaṇabhāṣyaṭīkā by Harisvāmiputra. Peters. 2, 179.

Mahābrāhmaṇa has the following synonyms: Tāṇḍyabrāhmaṇa, Pañcaviṃśabrāhmaṇa.

2) Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण):—See Tāṇḍyabrāhmaṇa.

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

1) Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण):—[=mahā-brāhmaṇa] [from mahā > mah] m. a gr° Brāhman, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Śakuntalā]

2) [v.s. ...] a gr° B° (in ironical sense), [Mṛcchakaṭikā; Ratnāvalī] (= ṇindita-brahman, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

3) [v.s. ...] a priest who officiates at a Śrāddha or solemn ceremony in honour of deceased ancestors, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] n. ‘great Brāhmaṇa’, Name of the Tāṇḍya Br°

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण):—[(ma + brā)]

1) m. ein grosser Brahmane [The Śatapathabrāhmaṇa 14, 5, 1, 19. 22.] [Śākuntala 63, 18.] = ninditabrahman [Śabdakalpadruma] angeblich nach [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher] (vgl. [6, 2, 69]). a priest who officiates at funeral ceremonies [Wilson’s Wörterbuch] Statt mahābrāhmaṇabhāgya [Mahābhārata 3, 13248] ist mit der ed. Bomb. brāhmaṇamahābhāgya zu lesen. —

2) n. das grosse Brāhmaṇa, Bez. des Pañcaviṃśabrāhmaṇa [Akademische Vorlesungen 72.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahābrāhmaṇa (महाब्राह्मण):——

1) m. — a) ein grosser Brahmane. — b) ein grosser Brahmane (in spöttischem Sinne) [Mṛcchakaṭika 18,6.] [Böhtlingk’s Sanskrit-Chresthomathie 302.14.] —

2) n. das grosse Brāhmaṇam , d.i. das Tāṇḍya-Brāhmaṇa [Private libraries (Gustav) 1.] — bhāgya [Mahābhārata 3,13248] fehlerhaft für brāhnaṇamahābhāgya.

context information

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