Mahamatya, Mahāmātya, Maha-amatya: 8 definitions

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Mahamatya means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahamatya in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mahāmātya (महामात्य) refers to the “prime minister”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XVI.—Accordingly, “[...] by his wisdom (prajñā) and his learning (bahuśruta), Śāriputra possessed great qualities (guṇa). [...] At that time, there were two Nāga-kings (Nāgarāja) at Magadha: the first was called Giri and the second Agra. They brought the rain at the proper time and the country did not experience the years of famine. The people were grateful to them and regularly, in the [second] month of spring (caitra), they went in a crowd to the Nāgas to hold a great festival, [...] On that day, it was customary to set up four high seats (bṛsī), the first for the king, the second for the crown prince (kumāra), the third for the prime minister (mahāmātya) and the fourth for the scholar (vādin). [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahāmātya.—(IE 8-3; EI 25; CII 4; BL), the chief minister or executive officer; the prime minister or a viceroy (HD); see Amātya; sometimes also called a Mahāpradhāna additionally. Cf. Vogel, Ant. Ch. St., p. 122; Ind. Ant., Vol. XI, p. 242. Note: mahāmātya 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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāmātya (महामात्य).—the chief or prime minister (of a king).

Derivable forms: mahāmātyaḥ (महामात्यः).

Mahāmātya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and amātya (अमात्य).

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

Mahāmātya (महामात्य).—m. a minister.

Mahāmātya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and amātya (अमात्य).

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

Mahāmātya (महामात्य).—[masculine] = mahāmantrin.

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

Mahāmātya (महामात्य):—[from mahā > mah] (hām) m. the prime minister of a king, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahāmātya (महामात्य):—[(mahā + a)] m. Hauptminister eines Fürsten [KĀM. NĪTIS. 14,5.] [Oxforder Handschriften 211,a,25.] [Rājataraṅgiṇī.3,228] (pl.) und in den Unterschrr. der Taraṅga.

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

Mahāmātya (महामात्य):—m. Hauptminister eines Fürsten.

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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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