Mahanasa, aka: Maha-anasa, Maha-nasa, Mahānasa, Mahānāsā, Mahānāsa, Māhānasa, Mahanasha; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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1) Mahānāsā (महानासा, “big-nosed”):—One of the nine Dūtī presided over by one of the nine bhaivaravas named Mudreśa (emanation of Ananta, who is the central presiding deity of Dūtīcakra), according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra and the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.

2) Mahānāsā (महानासा):—Sanskrit name of one of the thirty-two female deities of the Somamaṇḍala (second maṇḍala of the Khecarīcakra) according to the kubjikāmata-tantra. These goddesses are situated on a ring of sixteen petals and represent the thirty-two syllables of the Aghoramantra. Each deity (including Mahānāsā) is small, plump and large-bellied. They can assume any form at will, have sixteen arms each, and are all mounted on a different animal.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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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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Mahānāsā (महानासा) 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., Mahānāsā) 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

1) Mahānasa (महानस).—A boundary hill of Śākadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 26.

2) Mahānāsā (महानासा).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 21.

3) Mahānāsa (महानास).—A Janapada of the Ketumālā continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 13.
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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Mahānāsā (महानासा) is the goddess presiding over one of the six petals of the eastern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra (largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra). These six petals are presided over by a kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Māmakī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Mahānāsā is associated with the sacred site (pīṭha) named Arbuda. All the goddess of the eastern lotus petals are to be visualised as dancing naked and being half-male / half-female (ardhanarīśvarī) with their two sides being white and green. In their four arms they brandish a bowl and staff, with a ḍamaru and their familial attribute.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Mahānāsā (महानासा) is the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Arbuda: one of the four Pīṭhas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs (viz., Mahānāsā) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Mahānāsā has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Vikaṭadaṃṣṭrin. She is the presiding deity of Arbuda and the associated internal location is ‘back of the head’ and the bodily ingredient (dhātu) is ‘flesh’.

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Mahānāsā (महानासा) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Vikaṭadaṃṣṭrin forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Mahānāsā] and Vīras each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mahānasa : (nt.) the kitchen.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Māhānasa (माहानस).—a. (- f.)

1) Belonging to a large carriage.

2) Relating to a kitchen. Hence माहानसिक (māhānasika) = A superintendent of the kitchen; चिकित्सक-महानसिक-मौहूर्ति- कांश्च पश्येत् (cikitsaka-mahānasika-mauhūrti- kāṃśca paśyet) Kau. A.1.19.16.

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Mahānasa (महानस).—

1) a heavy carriage.

2) cooking utensils.

- a kitchen-maid.

-saḥ, -sam a kitchen; सूपानस्य करिष्यामि कुशलोऽस्मि महानसे (sūpānasya kariṣyāmi kuśalo'smi mahānase) Mb.4.2.2.

Derivable forms: mahānasam (महानसम्).

Mahānasa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and anasa (अनस).

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Mahānāsa (महानास).—an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: mahānāsaḥ (महानासः).

Mahānāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nāsa (नास).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahānāśā (महानाशा).—n. of a yoginī: Sādh 427.3.

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

Mahānasa (महानस).—mn.

(-saḥ-saṃ) A kitchen. n.

(-saṃ) A heavy carriage. E. mahā great, chief, anasa rice or food, ṭac added; to which the food is conveyed to be dressed, &c.

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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