Mahanga, Mahāṅga, Maha-anga: 5 definitions

Introduction

Mahanga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahāṅga (महाङ्ग).—A Janapada of the Ketumālā country.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 14.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Mahāṅga (महाङ्ग) is another name for Gokṣura, a medicinal plant identified with Tribulus terrestris Linn. (“puncture vine”) from the Zygophyllaceae or “caltrop” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.40-43 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Mahāṅga and Gokṣura, there are a total of ten Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāṅga (महाङ्ग).—a. huge, bulky.

Mahāṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and aṅga (अङ्ग).

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

Mahāṅga (महाङ्ग).—mfn.

(-ṅgaḥ-ṅgī-ṅgaṃ) Bulky, big, large-bodied. m.

(-ṅgaḥ) 1. A camel. 2. A kind of rat. 3. An epithet of Siva. E. mahā great, aṅga body. “gokṣurakṣupe, raktacitrakakṣupe ca .”

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

1) Mahāṅga (महाङ्ग):—[from mahā > mah] mfn. (hāṅga) having a great body or limbs (said of Śiva), [Mahābhārata]

2) [=mahā-ṅga] [from mahāṅga > mahā > mah] m. (only [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) a camel

3) [v.s. ...] a kind of rat

4) [v.s. ...] Asteracantha Longifolia

5) [v.s. ...] Plumbago Zeylanica.

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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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