Mahakavi, Mahākavi, Maha-kavi: 9 definitions


Mahakavi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mālatīmādhava of Bhavabhūti

Mahākavi (महाकवि) is the name of one of the ancestors of Bhavabhūti.—In this family, with such illustrious ancestors a person was born, whose name was Mahākavi. Bhavabhūti was the fifth in descent from him. 

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Kavyashastra (science of poetry)

Source: Shodhganga: Bhismacaritam a critical study

Mahākavi (महाकवि) refers to the composer of a Mahākāvya.

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Kavyashastra (काव्यशास्त्र, kāvyaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian tradition of poetry (kavya). Canonical literature (shastra) of the includes encyclopedic manuals dealing with prosody, rhetoric and various other guidelines serving to teach the poet how to compose literature.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahākavi.—(CII 4), ‘great poet’; title. Note: mahākavi is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahākavi (महाकवि).—

1) a great poet, a classical poet, such as कालिदास, भवभूति, बाण, भारवि (kālidāsa, bhavabhūti, bāṇa, bhāravi) &c.

2) an epithet of Śukra.

Derivable forms: mahākaviḥ (महाकविः).

Mahākavi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and kavi (कवि).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahākavi (महाकवि).—m.

(-viḥ) 1. An epithet of Sukra. 2. A classical poet.

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

Mahākavi (महाकवि).—[masculine] great poet.

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

1) Mahākavi (महाकवि):—[=mahā-kavi] [from mahā > mah] m. a great or classical poet, [Piṅgala Scholiast, i.e. halāyudha] [commentator or commentary] (cf. -kāvya)

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Śukra, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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