Mahadbhuta, Mahadbhūta: 9 definitions


Mahadbhuta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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»] — Mahadbhuta in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत) refers to “wonderful (divine sports)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.29 (“Śivā-Śiva dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “[...] O great lord, I know you in every respect. O omniscient, of what avail is a detailed talk. Take pity on me. Spread your glory in the world indulging in your wonderful divine sports (mahādbhutakṛtvā līlāṃ mahādbhutām). Singing them, O lord, people can cross the ocean of worldly existence”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahadbhuta in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत) refers to “most wonderously”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] Then, by means of an absorption for a period of thirteen days, the best of Yogins attains most wonderously (mahādbhuta) the Siddhi of moving in the ether at will. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत) refers to a “great marvel” (e.g., “a marvellous mass of energy”), according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “The Will, inherent in the essential nature of the transcendent, the imperceptible, supreme and supremely blissful Lord, shone forth. God, aroused by his own will, fashioned a supreme body (for himself). That (body) possessed every limb and was endowed with the previously (stated) attributes (of deity). Shining like billions of moons, it (was) an immense and marvellous (mahādbhuta) mass of energy. [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahadbhuta in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahadbhūta (महद्भूत).—a (S) Extraordinary, singular, uncommon, marvelous.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahadbhuta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत).—adj. very surprising.

Mahādbhuta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and adbhuta (अद्भुत).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the 72d Pariśiṣṭa of the Av. Haug. 16.

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

1) Mahadbhūta (महद्भूत):—[=mahad-bhūta] [from mahad > mah] mfn. idem

2) Mahādbhuta (महाद्भुत):—[from mahā > mah] mfn. (hād) very wonderful, [Mahābhārata]

3) [=mahā-dbhuta] [from mahādbhuta > mahā > mah] n. a gr° marvel, [Atharva-veda.Pariś.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of the 72nd Pariśiṣṭa of the [Atharva-veda]

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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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