Mahananda, Mahānanda, Maha-ananda, Maha-nanda, Mahānandā, Mahanamda: 15 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Mahānanda (महानन्द).—A grammarian of the eighteenth century who has written a gloss on Koṇḍabhaṭṭṭa's Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣanasāra.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahananda in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mahānanda (महानन्द).—See under Tāraka II.

2) Mahānanda (महानन्द).—A King of Madra land. Dama, the son of Nariṣyanta killed Mahānanda at the Svayaṃvara of Sumanā. (Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, 130. 52).

3) Mahānandā (महानन्दा).—A holy place. Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 45, says that those who worship in this place will obtain entry into Nandanavana.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahānanda (महानन्द) refers to “great bliss”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.8.—Accordingly, Sage Nārada said to Menā:—“O Menā, O king of mountains, this daughter of yours has all auspicious signs. Like the first digit of the moon she will increase day by day. She will delight her husband, and heighten the glory of her parents. She will be a great chaste lady. She will grant bliss [i.e., mahānanda-karī] to everyone always. I see all good signs in the palm of your daughter, O lord of mountains. There is an abnormal line also. Listen to the indication thereof. Her husband will be a naked Yogin, without any qualities. He will be free from lust. He will have neither mother nor father. He will be indifferent to honours. His dress and manners will be inauspicious”.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: Bhismacaritam a critical study (kavya)

Mahānanda (महानन्द) (or Mahānandakāvya) is the name of a Mahākāvya (epic poem).—Accordingly, The Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata are found to be the original epics. The compiled, revised and researched forms of these two have originated the new tradition of epics. [...] The initial Mahākāvyas after the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata were: [viz, ] Mahānanda-kāvya by Patanjali (150 B.C.)

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahananda in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Mahānanda (महानन्द) (or Ādhāra) is the name of the God (deva) associated with Oḍḍiyāna, one of the sacred seats (pīṭha), according to chapter 10 of the according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—If the scheme in the Yogakhaṇḍa is not the first example of this model, the other most likely candidate is found in chapter ten of the Kularatnoddyota, which is an early Tantra of the Kubjikā corpus. [...] In this set-up each of the four sacred seats corresponds to a cosmic age and has a tree, creeper, cave, monastery (maṭha),  [god, i.e., Mahānanda, ] goddess, Siddha, and guardian of the field. The layout can be tabulated as follows.

2) Mahānanda (महानन्द) refers to one of the eight Bhairavas (bhairava-aṣṭaka) associated with Tisrapīṭha (located in the ‘end of sound’—nādānta), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Bhairavas (bhairavāṣṭaka): Candragarbha, Arghīśa, Mahānanda, Kāmāri, Pralamba, Viśveśvara, Śrīkaṇṭha, Vilamba.

3) Mahānandā (महानन्दा) is the consort of Śaktyānanda.—After Abhinava has listed the Yuganāthas, their consorts and disciples who are worshipped in the Siddhacakra, he says that “there are other teachers and their consorts mentioned in the Kālīkula” (Tantrāloka 29.43ab) [...] Jayaratha quotes the Devīpañcaśataka (verse 3.15cd-17ab) as an example of a Kālīkrama Tantra in which they are mentioned. They are: [e.g., Śaktyānanda and Mahānandā;] [...] (preamble to Tantrāloka verse 29.43-46ab).

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An author of Hamsavati, to whom some authorities ascribe the authorship of the Madhusaratthadipani in the Abhidhamma. Bode, op. cit., 47, n.6;. v.l. Mahanama.

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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).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahananda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahānanda (महानन्द).—

1) great joy or bliss.

2) especially, the great bliss of final beatitude. (-ndā) 1 spirituous liquor.

2) a festival on the ninth day in the bright half of Māgha.

Derivable forms: mahānandaḥ (महानन्दः), mahānandaḥ (महानन्दः).

Mahānanda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and ānanda (आनन्द).

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Mahānandā (महानन्दा).—

1) spirituous liquor.

2) Name of a river.

3) ninth day of the bright half of the month of Māgha; माघमासस्य या शुक्ला नवमी लोकपूजिचा । महानन्देति सा प्रोक्ता (māghamāsasya yā śuklā navamī lokapūjicā | mahānandeti sā proktā) ... .

Mahānandā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nandā (नन्दा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahānanda (महानन्द).—(= Nanda 1), name of a disciple of Buddha: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 2.6; but Kashgar recension, one Nepalese ms., and Tibetan (dgaḥ bo) omit mahā, reading simply Nanda.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahānanda (महानन्द).—m.

(-ndaḥ) Eternal emancipation or beatitude. f.

(-ndā) 1. Wine. 2. Name of a particular river. E. mahā great, ānanda happiness.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mahānanda (महानन्द) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Nakṣatreṣṭiprayoga.

2) Mahānanda (महानन्द):—son of Viśvanātha: Vāsiṣṭhī Śānti.

3) Mahānanda (महानन्द):—son of Rāmeśvara, composed in 1816 (?): Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntabhūṣaṇasāraṭīkā.

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

1) Mahānanda (महानन्द):—[from mahā > mah] m. (hān or hā-n) gr° bliss (-tva n. state of great bliss), [Upaniṣad]

2) [=mahā-nanda] [from mahānanda > mahā > mah] the gr° joy of deliverance from further transmigration, final emancipation, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a kind of flute, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a disciple of Buddha, [Buddhist literature]

5) [v.s. ...] of a king, [Purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] of two authors, [Catalogue(s)]

7) [v.s. ...] of a river, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) Mahānandā (महानन्दा):—[=mahā-nandā] [from mahānanda > mahā > mah] f. ardent spirits, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] a species of plant (= ārāma-śītalā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] the 9th day in the light half of the month Māgha, [Tithyāditya]

11) [v.s. ...] Name of a river, [Mahābhārata]

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

Mahānanda (महानन्द):—[mahā-nanda] (ndaḥ) 1. m. Eternal emancipation or beatitude. f. (ndā) Wine.

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Mahananda 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahananda in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahānaṃda (ಮಹಾನಂದ):—

1) [noun] great joy.

2) [noun] the final emancipation of the soul.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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