Mahanada, aka: Maha-nada, Mahānādā, Mahānada, Mahānāda; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Mahānāda (महानाद) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Aṭṭahāsa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Mahānāda) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Mahānadā (महानदा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Mahānadā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Mahānāda (महानाद).—A Rākṣasa. In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, we see that he was a Minister and the uncle of Rāvaṇa.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Mahānada (महानद).—A river from the Rkṣa hill.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 29.

2a) Mahānāda (महानाद).—An Asura residing in Tatvalam.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 16.

2b) A name of Vighneśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 67.

2c) A tīrtha sacred to the Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 53.

3) Mahānādā (महानादा).—A mother goddess.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 31.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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The name of this chakra means 'Great Sound', and it is in the shape of a plough. It represents the primal sound from which emanates all of creation.

Also see: Sahasrāra.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Mahānāda (महानाद) or Mahābala is the name of a Kṣetrapāla (field-protector) and together with Guhyā Devī they preside over Oḍyāyana: one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). Their weapon is the vajra and śṛṅkhala and their abode is the aśoka-tree. A similar system appears in the tradition of Hindu Tantrims, i.e., in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22), which belongs to the Śākta sect or Śaivism.

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Mahānada (महानद) is the name of a river found in India.—It is identical with the present Mahana, two miles away from Kailvan in Patna district, Bihar.

Source: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
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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-English dictionary

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Mahānada (महानद).—a great river.

Derivable forms: mahānadaḥ (महानदः).

Mahānada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nada (नद).

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Mahānāda (महानाद).—

1) a loud sound, uproar.

2) a great drum.

3) a thunder-cloud.

4) a shell.

5) an elephant.

6) a lion.

7) the ear.

8) a camel.

9) an epithet of Śiva.

-dam a musical instrument.

Derivable forms: mahānādaḥ (महानादः).

Mahānāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nāda (नाद).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahānāda (महानाद).—m.

(-daḥ) 1. A large black rainy cloud. 2. A loud sound. 3. An elephant. 4. A lion. 5. The ear. 6. A camel. 7. A conch-shell. n.

(-daṃ) A musical instrument. E. mahā great and nāda noise or sound.

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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