Mahalaya, Mahālaya, Mahālayā, Maha-alaya, Maha-laya: 14 definitions

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Mahalaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit. 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: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mahālaya (महालय).—A holy place. Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 54 mentions that one who observes a fast at this holy place for one month, will be absolved of all sins.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahālaya (महालय).—Sacred to Mahābhāgā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 44.

1b) A son of Guhāvāsa of the 17th dvāpara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 177.

1c) A place sacred to Śiva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 181. 29.

1d) A name for the siddhakṣetram, the residence of Maheśvara; a visit to the place relieves one of his debts to ten generations above and below as well as his own self.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 175, 179.

2) Mahālayā (महालया).—A R: a tīrtha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 82, 88.
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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahālayā.—(EI33), name of a tithi; pūrṇimānta Āśvina-badi 15. Note: mahālayā 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 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahālaya (महालय).—m (S) A place of refuge, a sanctuary, an asylu 2 A temple. 3 The Supreme Being. 4 A term for the Shraddha performed in the latter fortnight of bhādrapada, to the manes of all one's male ancestors.

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mahālayā (महालया).—A term of courtesy affixed to the names of Barbers. Ex. dāmamahālā, trimbakamahālyā.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

mahālaya (महालय).—m A palce of refuge, or asylum. Temple. See mahāḷa.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahālaya (महालय).—

1) a temple in general.

2) a sanctuary, an asylum.

3) a great dwelling.

4) a place of pilgrimage.

5) the world of Brahman.

6) the Supreme Spirit.

7) a tree &c. sacred to a deity.

8) Name of a particular dark fortnight.

9) पितृश्राद्ध (pitṛśrāddha) in the month of Bhādrapada.

- Name of a particular deity.

Derivable forms: mahālayaḥ (महालयः).

Mahālaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and ālaya (आलय).

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Mahālaya (महालय).—

1) a great world destruction.

2) the Supreme Being (mahadādīnāṃ layo yasmin).

Derivable forms: mahālayaḥ (महालयः).

Mahālaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and laya (लय).

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

Mahālaya (महालय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. God, the supreme being. 2. A place of pilgrimage. 3. A tree, &c. sacred to a deity. 4. The Loka or world of Brahma. 5. A place of refuge, a sanctuary, an asylum. 6. A temple. E. mahā great, ālaya asylum.

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

1) Mahālaya (महालय):—[from mahā > mah] m. (hāl) a great dwelling, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [=mahā-laya] [from mahālaya > mahā > mah] a gr° temple, gr° monastery, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] a temple, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] a monastery, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a place of refuge, sanctuary, asylum, [Horace H. Wilson]

6) [v.s. ...] the Loka or world of Brahmā, [Horace H. Wilson]

7) [v.s. ...] a tree etc. sacred to a deity, [Horace H. Wilson]

8) [v.s. ...] a place of pilgrimage, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] the gr° Universal Spirit, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] a [particular] half month, [Tithyāditya]

11) [v.s. ...] Name of a place, [Catalogue(s)]

12) [v.s. ...] of a man, [Catalogue(s)]

13) Mahālayā (महालया):—[=mahā-layā] [from mahālaya > mahā > mah] f. Name of a [particular] festival, the day of the moon’s change in the month Bhādra and the last day of the Hindū lunar year, [Colebrooke]

14) [v.s. ...] of a [particular] deity, [Apte’s The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

15) Mahālaya (महालय):—[=mahā-laya] [from mahālaya > mahā > mah] n. ([probably]) Name of a Liṅga, [Catalogue(s)]

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

Mahālaya (महालय):—[mahā+laya] (yaḥ) 1. m. God; a place of pilgrimage; a sacred tree; a refuge, an asylum; temple.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Mahālaya (महालय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mahālaya.

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Mahalaya 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Mahālaya (महालय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mahālaya.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahālaya (ಮಹಾಲಯ):—

1) [noun] a building dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or deities; a temple.

2) [noun] a place of shelter.

3) [noun] a big residential building.

4) [noun] the world of Brahma.

5) [noun] the Supreme Being.

6) [noun] the Great Deluge, occuring at the end of the universe.

7) [noun] the last day (full moonday) of Bhādrapada the sixth month of the Hindu lunar calendar.

8) [noun] ಮಹಾಲಯ ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ [mahalaya amavasye] mahālaya amāvāsye = ಮಹಾಲಯ - [mahalaya -] 7.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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