Mahalinga, Mahālinga, Mahāliṅgā, Maha-linga, Mahāliṅga: 7 definitions



Mahalinga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahāliṅga (महालिङ्ग).—A tīrtha sacred to Kapila; sacred to the Piṭrs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 33; 22. 34.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Lingayat: Kalas and Shakti

The creative mood of Parashiva is called Mahālinga (also sometimes called Niṣkalā-linga) . In the creative process, first his five faces (sādākhyas) appear which are called Adhidēvatās, namely, Sadyojāta, Vāmadēva, Aghōra, Tatpuruṣa and Īśānya. From these evolve the five kalās, respectively, nivṛtti, pratiṣṭhā, vidyā, śānti and śāntyatīta, Tōntada Siddhalinga śivayōgi opines that the sixth kalā evolves from Mahālinga

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahalinga in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahāliṅga (महालिंग).—n (S) A common term for the twelve chief jyōtiliṅga q.v.

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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

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

Mahāliṅga (महालिङ्ग).—the great Liṅga or Phallus.

-ṅgaḥ an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: mahāliṅgam (महालिङ्गम्).

Mahāliṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and liṅga (लिङ्ग).

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

1) Mahāliṅga (महालिङ्ग):—[=mahā-liṅga] [from mahā > mah] n. a gr° Liṅga or phallus, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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

3) [v.s. ...] mfn. having a gr° male organ (Name of Śiva), [Mahābhārata]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahāliṅga (महालिङ्ग):—1. n.

1) ein grosses Liṅga.

2) Nomen proprium einer Oertlichkeit.

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Mahāliṅga (महालिङ्ग):—2. Adj. ein grosses männliches Glied habend (Śiva).

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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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