Mahamani, Mahāmaṇi, Mahāmani, Maha-mani: 4 definitions


Mahamani means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A tank constructed by Bhatikatissa, and given by him to the Gavaratissa vihara (Mhv.xxxvi.3). It was restored by Mahasena. Mhv.xxxvii.47.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Mahāmaṇi or Mahamiṇiya is the name of an ancient tank that existed near the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Gavaratissa Vihāra, also called Varārāma and Gavaravāla-aṅgaṇa, was founded by Bhātikatissa (143-167). The same king built and donated to this Vihāra, Mahāmaṇi or Gāmaṇi tank. Later, Mahāmaṇi tank, also called Mahamiṇiya, is ascribed to Mahāsena (275-301). Aggabodhi III (628) gave the village Mahāmaṇikagāma to Jetavana Vihāra. The Sīgiri Graffiti mention Mahamiṇiviya. Mahāmaṇi and its variants stand for modern Māmiṇiya, the name of a Korale, village and tank, 3 miles south-east of Maradankaḍavala.

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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

mahāmaṇi (महामणि).—m (S) A precious gem, as the diamond, ruby &c.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāmaṇi (महामणि).—

1) a costly or precious jewel; संस्कारोल्लिखितो महामणिरिव क्षीणोऽपि नालक्ष्यते (saṃskārollikhito mahāmaṇiriva kṣīṇo'pi nālakṣyate) Ś.6.5.

2) Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: mahāmaṇiḥ (महामणिः).

Mahāmaṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and maṇi (मणि).

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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. 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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