Mahacakra, Mahācakrā, Mahācakra, Maha-cakra: 6 definitions



Mahacakra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mahachakra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahacakra in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahācakrā (महाचक्रा).—A river of Bhadrā country.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 25.
Source: Wisdomlib Libary: The Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa

Mahācakra (महाचक्र) refers to “great discuses” and represents one of the various weapons equipped by the Daityas in their war against Lalitā, according to the Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa 4.22. Accordingly, “[...] thereupon, crores of Daityas producing reverberating chattering noise furiously prepared themselves (to fight) against Parameśvarī (Lalitā). [...] Crores of Daityas were fully equipped with coats of mail and had the following weapons and missiles in their hands [viz.:  Mahācakras (great discuses)], and thousands of similar weapons and missiles very dreadful and capable of destroying living beings”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahācakra (महाचक्र).—the mystic circle in the शाक्त (śākta) ceremonial.

Derivable forms: mahācakram (महाचक्रम्).

Mahācakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and cakra (चक्र).

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

1) Mahācakra (महाचक्र):—[=mahā-cakra] [from mahā > mah] n. a great wheel, a gr° discus, [Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad; Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] the mystic circle or assembly in the Śākta ceremonial, [Religious Thought and Life in India 196]

3) [v.s. ...] m. ‘having a gr° wh° or d°’, Name of a Dānava, [Harivaṃśa] ([varia lectio] -vaktra)

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Mahācakra (महाचक्र):—1. (ma + cakra) n. ein grosses Rad [WEBER, Rāmatāpanīya Upaniṣad 311. fg.] āyasaiśca mahācakraiḥ śuśubhe tatpurottamam [Mahābhārata 1, 7578.]

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Mahācakra (महाचक्र):—2. (wie eben) m. Nomen proprium eines Dānava [Harivaṃśa] [LANGL. 2, 488.] mahāvaktra die beiden Ausgaben.

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

Mahācakra (महाचक्र):—1. n. ein grosses Rad , ein grosser Discus.

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Mahācakra (महाचक्र):—2. m. Nomen proprium eines Dānava. v.l. mahāvatkra.

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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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