Mahanila, Mahānīlā, Mahānila, Mahānīla, Maha-anila, Maha-nila: 12 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Mahānīla (महानील) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Sāndhāra, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56. The Sāndhāra group contains twenty-five out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under four groups in this chapter. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Mahānīla (महानील) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Aruṇoda and mount Mandara, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Mandara mountain lies on the eastern side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahānīla (महानील).—A Kādraveya Nāga.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 34; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 71.

1b) (Mt.) a Parvata to the east of Aruṇoda;1 contains fifteen cities of the Kinnaras.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 19.
  • 2) Ib. 39. 32; 42. 68.
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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

1) Mahānīlā (महानीला) is another name for Nīlapuṣpī, a medicinal plant similar to Aśvakṣurā which is identified with Clitoria ternatea (Asian pigeonwings, butterfly pea or bluebellvine) from the Fabaceae or “legume family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.90-91 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Mahānīlā and Nīlapuṣpī, there are a total of six Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

2) Mahānīlā (महानीला) also represents a synonym for Nīlabhṛṅgarāja, which is the blue/black variety of Mārkava, a medicinal plant identified with Eclipta nigra, according to verse 4.138-141. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Mahānīla and Mārkava, there are a total of twenty  Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant. Note: R. P. T. claims he himself has seen its miraculous effect in normalising blood pressure and its rejuvenating effect.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mahānīla (महानील) refers to the “great blue pearl” and represents a type of jewel (ratna), into which the universe was transformed by the Buddha’s miraculous power (ṛddhibala) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).

Also, “These jewels (eg, mahānīla) are of three types, Human jewels (manuṣya-ratna), Divine jewels (divya-ratna) and Bodhisattva jewels (bodhisattva-ratna). These various jewels remove the poverty (dāridrya) and the suffering (duḥkha) of beings”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahānila (महानिल).—a whirlwind; महानिलेनेव निदाघजं रजः (mahānileneva nidāghajaṃ rajaḥ) Ki.14.59.

Derivable forms: mahānilaḥ (महानिलः).

Mahānila is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and anila (अनिल).

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Mahānīla (महानील).—a. dark-blue.

-laḥ a kind of sapphire or emerald; इन्द्रनीलमहानीलमणिप्रवरवेदिकम् (indranīlamahānīlamaṇipravaravedikam) Rām.5.9.16; महा- महानीलशिलारुचः (mahā- mahānīlaśilārucaḥ) Śi.1.16;4.44; R.18.42; Kau. A.2.11. 29. °उपलः (upalaḥ) a sapphire.

Mahānīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and nīla (नील).

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

Mahānīla (महानील).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. The emerald. 2. One of the Nagas. 3. A plant, (Verbesina scandens, Rox.) E. mahā great, and nīla blue.

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

Mahānīla (महानील).—[adjective] dark blue, black; [masculine] sapphire.

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

1) Mahānila (महानिल):—[from mahā > mah] (hān) m. Name of a serpent demon, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

2) Mahānīla (महानील):—[=mahā-nīla] [from mahā > mah] mfn. dark blue, deep black, [Mahābhārata; Bhartṛhari]

3) [v.s. ...] m. a sapphire, [Kāvya literature; Varāha-mihira] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] a kind of bdellium, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

5) [v.s. ...] Verbesina Scandens, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a Nāga, [Harivaṃśa; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] of a mountain, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

8) Mahānīlā (महानीला):—[=mahā-nīlā] [from mahā-nīla > mahā > mah] f. a species of plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) Mahānīla (महानील):—[=mahā-nīla] [from mahā > mah] n. a lotion or ointment for the eyes, [Caraka]

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

Mahānīla (महानील):—[mahā-nīla] (laḥ) 1. m. The emerald; a Nāga; Verbesinia plant.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahānīla (महानील):—[(ma + nīla)]

1) adj. dunkelblau, dunkelschwarz: dhvaja [Mahābhārata 3, 1721.] śiroruhāḥ [Spr. 2211.] —

2) m. a) eine Art Sapphir (maṇibhid) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 294.] [Medinīkoṣa l. 160.] [Raghuvaṃśa 18, 41.] [Spr. 2211.] [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 80, 5.] [PAÑCAR. 3, 10, 17.] [Śiśupālavadha 4, 44.] Unterschieden von indranīla Vie de [Hiouen-Thsang 253.] = indranīlaviśeṣa [Mallinātha] zu [Śiśupālavadha 4, 44.] siṃhalasyākarodbhūtā mahānīlāstu te matā iti bhagavānagastyaḥ ebend. — b) eine Art Bdellion [Bhāvaprakāśa]; s. u. guggulu . — c) = bhṛṅgarāja [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] Verbesina scandens Roxb. (Eclipta prostrata Lin.) [WILSON.] — d) Nomen proprium eines Nāga [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 1311,] [Scholiast] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [Harivaṃśa 229.] [Viṣṇupurāṇa 149,] [Nalopākhyāna 16.] — e) Nomen proprium eines Berges [Mārkāṇḍeyapurāṇa 55, 4.] —

3) f. ā eine best. Pflanze, = mahājambū [Rājanirghaṇṭa im Śabdakalpadruma] —

4) f. ī Name zweier Pflanzen: = nīlāparājitā und bṛhannīlī [Rājanirghaṇṭa im Śabdakalpadruma]

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Mahānīla (महानील):—

5) n. ein best. Augenmittel [CARAKA 8, 24.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahānila (महानिल):—m. Nomen proprium eines Schlangendämons [Wilson's Uebersetzung des Viṣṇupurāṇa 2,74.]

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Mahānīla (महानील):——

1) Adj. dunkelblau , -schwarz.

2) m. — a) Sapphir [Rājan 13,181.] [Hemādri’s Caturvargacintāmaṇi 1,608,1.] — b) *eine Art Bdellium [Bhāvaprakāśa 1.186.] — c) *Verbesina scandens [Rājan 4,142.] — d) Nomen proprium — α) eines Schlangendämons. — β) eines Berges. —

3) *f. ā eine best. Pflanze. [Rājan 11,26.] —

4) *f. ī — a) eine blaue Varietät von Cittoria ternatca [Rājan 3,78.] — b) * = bṛhannīlī. —

5) n. ein best. Augenmittel.

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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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