Mahakapala, Mahākapāla: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahakapala in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mahākapāla (महाकपाल).—A minister of the Rākṣasa Dūṣaṇa. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Araṇya Kāṇḍa, 23rd Sarga).

2) Mahākapāla (महाकपाल).—A Rākṣasa who attacked Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa at Pañcavaṭī. In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Araṇya Kāṇḍa, 26th Sarga we read that when Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa fought with Khara, Dūṣaṇa and Triśiras there were three terrible Rākṣasas named Mahākapāla, Sthūlākṣa and Pramāthin.

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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»] — Mahakapala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mahākapāla (महाकपाल):—[=mahā-kapāla] [from mahā > mah] m. ‘large-headed’, Name of a Rākṣasa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of one of the attendants of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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