Mahan, Mahān: 11 definitions


Mahan means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

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

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahān (महान्) refers to the “great (plane of existence)”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—There are several variant forms of the name of the goddess Mahāntārikā—the Great Saviouress. The most common one in the Kubjikāmatatantra is Mahāntārī, which appears as many as ten times. [...] The Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā explains that ‘she who is called Mahāntārī saves from the great ocean (of transmigration)’. The commentary elaborates: ‘she who saves (tārayati) from the great (mahān) plane (of existence), that is, from the world of transmigration, is Mahāntārī.’

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

mahān (महान्).—a m Great, big.

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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

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

Mahan (महन्).—[neuter] greatness, abundance, might (only [instrumental] sgl. & [plural]).

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

Mahan (महन्):—[from mah] n. greatness, might, power, abundance (only [instrumental case] sg. mahnā and once [plural] mahabhiḥ, which also = greatly, mightily, right heartily), [Ṛg-veda]

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Mahan in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mahan in Hindi refers in English to:—(a) great; big; eminent; ~[ta] greatness; eminence, nobility..—mahan (महान) is alternatively transliterated as Mahāna.

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