Mahan, aka: Mahān; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Mahān (महान्)—One of the eleven other names of Rudra, according to the Bhāgavata Purāṇa 3.12.12.

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Mahān (महान्).—A King of the Pūru dynasty. He was the son of Matināra. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 14).

2) Mahān (महान्).—The son of the Agni Bharata, who was a Prajāpati. Mahābhārata, Vana Parva Chapter 219, Verse 8 states that he was a much revered person.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Mahān (महान्).—A son of Dhīmān.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 69; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 59.

1b) One of the twenty Amitābha gods.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 16.

1c) A son of Śatarūpā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 4. 25.

1d) Manas (mind); came out of Prakṛti (sūkṣma śarīram); out of this mahas came other things; mati or wisdom is Brahmā; buddhi is bhū; khyāti is Īśvara; Prajña citti; smṛti, samvid; ety of; its two vṛttis sankalpa and adhyavasāya;1 attains virāra during Pralaya;2 a pradhāna tatva.3

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 4. 24-30, 46; 102. 29-21.
  • 2) Ib. 102. 6 and 12.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 2. 34-6, 54.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

mahān (महान्).—a masc (S) Great, big, large. 2 Late;--used of corn and grain. 3 Continuing through two or more years;--used of varieties amongst annual or deciduous plants.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahān (महान्).—a m Great, big.

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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