Mahamati, aka: Mahāmati, Maha-mati; 8 Definition(s)


Mahamati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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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Mahāmati (महामति).—The seventh son of the sage Aṅgiras. There is a reference to him in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 218, Verse 7.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Mahāmati (महामति) is the son of Sumati, minister (mantrin) of king Mahendrāditya from Avanti, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 120. Accordingly, as sage Kaṇva narrated to Naravāhanadatta: “... When some more days had passed, there was born to that king’s minister named Sumati a son, of the name of Mahāmati, and the warder Vajrāyudha had a son born to him, named Bhadrāyudha, and the chaplain Mahīdhara had a son of the name of Śrīdhara. And that prince Vikramāditya grew up with those three ministers’ sons as with spirit, courage and might”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahīdhara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mahāmati : (m.) a great wise man.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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mahāmati (महामति).—a S mahāmanā a S Magnanimous or nobleminded.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahāmati (महामति) [-manā, -मना].—a Noble-minded.

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

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Mahāmati (महामति).—a.

1) high-minded.

2) clever.

-tiḥ Name of Bṛhaspati or Jupiter.

Mahāmati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and mati (मति).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāmati (महामति).—(1) n. of a Bodhisattva who plays a leading rôle in Laṅk, 1.10 etc.; (the same, or another Bo- dhisattva?) Mmk 40.16; 63.4; 68.20; (2) n. of a yakṣa: Mvy 3370; (3) n. of a lay-disciple: Gv 51.11; (4) n. of a king: Gv 360.22; (5) in Laṅk 365.2 (verse) apparently a different person from (1), a pupil of the Buddha Viraja, called Mati (4), q.v., in 365.3 (verse).

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Mahāmatī (महामती).—n. of the mother of a previous incarnation of Śākyamuni: Samādh p. 60, line 30.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahāmati (महामति).—mfn. (-tiḥ-tiḥ-ti) Magnanimous, high-minded. m.

(-tiḥ) The planet Jupiter. E. mahā, mati mind.

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