Mahadyuti, Mahādyuti: 11 definitions


Mahadyuti means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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»] — Mahadyuti in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mahādyuti (महाद्युति).—A King in ancient India. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 1, Verse 232).

2) Mahādyuti (महाद्युति).—One of the sons of the Yakṣa Maṇibhadra by Puṇyajanī.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति) refers to “great brilliance”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.7.—Accordingly, after the Goddess (Umā/Śivā) incarnated as Pārvatī by becoming the daughter of Menā:—“The goddess of great brilliance [i.e., mahādyuti] assumed the form of her baby child in front of Menā and began to cry in accordance with the ways of the world. On account of her splendour that diffused all round the lying-in-couch, the midnight lamps that burnt in the lying-in-chamber were rendered dim in a trice, O sage. The women in the house were extremely glad on hearing the gentle cry of the child. In their excited flutter and great pleasure they rushed in. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति).—A Yakṣa, and a son of Puṇyajanī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 124.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.21, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahādyuti) 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»] — Mahadyuti in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति) refers to the “very brilliant” (i.e., doomsday fire, or vāḍava), according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The doomsday fire (vāḍava) is there in the middle, very brilliant (mahādyuti), its nature radiant energy (tejas). The Doomsday Fire destroys all (the universe) moving and immobile consisting of Māyā just as it does all the waters (of phenomenal existence). [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति) refers to the “great rays” (of an ancient sage), according to the Sūryārgha (sun offering) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “[...] [Make patron put a ṭīkā red mark on the ritual lamp.] To Śrī Sūrya, red sandalwood, homage. [Make patron offer a red flower to the ritual lamp.] To Śrī Sūrya, a red flower, homage. [Make patron put a sacred thread on the ritual lamp.] To Śrī Sūrya, a red sacred thread, homage. [Make patron hold rice and pray.] Oṃ homage to Śrī Sūrya the divine. Appearing as the Mantra flower, An ancient sage, whose great rays (mahādyuti) spread like a crown, Remover of all sins and obstacles, I bow to the maker of day”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति).—adj. supremely glorious, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 87.

Mahādyuti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and dyuti (द्युति).

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

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति).—[adjective] of great splendour or glory.

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

Mahādyuti (महाद्युति):—[=mahā-dyuti] [from mahā > mah] mfn. of gr° splendour, very bright or glorious, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

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Mahadyuti 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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