Mahananda, aka: Mahānanda, Maha-ananda, Maha-nanda, Mahānandā; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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)

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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: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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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.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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-English dictionary

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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