Mahanabha, Mahānābha: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahanabha in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahānābha (महानाभ).—A son of Hiraṇyākṣa;1 followed Vṛtra in his battle with Indra.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 2. 18; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 14; Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 68; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 3.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. [20]; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 31.

1b) In Harikūṭa hill.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 39. 58.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahanabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mahānābha (महानाभ):—[=mahā-nābha] [from mahā > mah] mfn. having a large navel-like cavity, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a magical spell pronounced over weapons, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of two Dānavas, [Harivaṃśa; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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Mahanabha 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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