Mahajnanin, Mahājñānin, Maha-jnanin: 5 definitions


Mahajnanin 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)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahājñānin (महाज्ञानिन्) refers to “one of perfect wisdom” and is used to describe sage Viśvāmitra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.3 (“The boyhood sports of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as Śiva’s son spoke to sage Viśvāmitra: “O great one of perfect wisdom (mahājñānin), it is due to the will of Śiva that you have come here by chance. O dear, perform my purificatory rites in accordance with Vedic injunctions. From now onwards you remain my priest conferring your love on me. It is certain that you will become the object of worship of all”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahājñānin (महाज्ञानिन्).—m.

1) a very learned man.

2) a great sage.

3) Name of Śiva.

Mahājñānin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and jñānin (ज्ञानिन्).

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

1) Mahājñānin (महाज्ञानिन्):—[=mahā-jñānin] [from mahā > mah] m. ‘knowing much’, Name of Śiva, [Śivagītā, ascribed to the padma-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] a great soothsayer, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Mahajnanin 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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