Mahanadi, aka: Mahānadī, Maha-nadi, Mahānāḍī; 9 Definition(s)
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1) Mahānadī (महानदी).—A river, celebrated in the Purāṇas and flowing through the region Utkala (Orissa). Arjuna once took a bath in it. Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 84, states that those who bathe in this river will obtain "Akṣayaloka".
2) Mahānadī (महानदी).—A river in the Śāka island. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 32).(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Mahānadī (महानदी).—A river from the Pāriyātra hill; in Draviḍa.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 8. 1; 19. 18; XI. 5. 40; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 28.
1b) A R. of the Bhadrā continent.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 29.
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.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Mahānadī (महानदी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.13, VI.10.14, VI.10.17, VI.10.33). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahānadī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A river, dammed up by Udaya II. Cv.li.127; Cv. Trs.i.159, n. 3.(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
India history and geogprahy
Mahānadī (महानदी) is the name of a river found in India.—The great river Mahānadī rises m the Raipur district from the Amarkantak range and flows through Orissa into the Bay of Bengal. The name Mahānadī also appears in a Nagarjuni Hill Cave inscription of Anantavarman, but it is very much doubtful that the name represents the famous river Mahānadī, which does not intervene anywhere within two hundred fifty miles of Nagarjuni Hill.(Source): archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
Mahānadi is the name of a major historic river of Āndhradeśa (Andhra country).—The evolution of Āndhra culture through the ages in its manifold facets succoured by its rivers presents a large diversity nevertheless wiih an all pervading underlying unity. The Brahmakuṇḍi or Guṇḍlakamma unlike several other larger rivers which are tributaries, has an independent course and falls into the Bay of Bengal. It had more in common with the larger rivers (eg., Mahānadi) except in its length where it resembles the minor rivers. On either side of the holy river, flourished kingdoms of the Yādavas of Addanki and of the Reḍḍis subsequently. Centres of pilgrimage, eg., Kanuparti had their heyday. The region and the river are celebrated in the records and literature of the Reḍḍis and relics of bygone glory are seen even today.(Source): archive.org: S.V.U.Oriental Journal, Vol. XI, Jan-Dec 1968, Parts 1&2
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.
Languages of India and abroad
mahānadī (महानदी).—f (S) A great river, a river that runs a hundred yōjana.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
mahānadī (महानदी).—f A great river.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
1) a great river, such as Gaṅgā, Kṛṣṇā; मन्दरः पर्वतश्चाक्षो जङ्घा तस्य महानदी (mandaraḥ parvataścākṣo jaṅghā tasya mahānadī) Mb.8.34.2; संभूयाम्भोधिमभ्येति महानद्या नगापगा (saṃbhūyāmbhodhimabhyeti mahānadyā nagāpagā) Śi.2.1.
2) Name of a river falling into the bay of Bengal.
Mahānadī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nadī (नदी).
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Mahānāḍī (महानाडी).—sinew, tendon.
Mahānāḍī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nāḍī (नाडी).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)
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Part 56 - The Later Gajapatis < [Chapter XIII - The Dynasties in South Kalinga]
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The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
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