Mahanisha, Mahāniśā, Maha-nisha: 6 definitions

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Introduction:

Mahanisha 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.

The Sanskrit term Mahāniśā can be transliterated into English as Mahanisa or Mahanisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahāniśā (महानिशा).—A śaktī attached to Mahākāla.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 32. 9.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous (M) next»] — Mahanisha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāniśā (महानिशा).—

1) the dead of night, the second and third watches of the night; महानिशा तु विज्ञेया मध्यमं प्रहरद्वयम् (mahāniśā tu vijñeyā madhyamaṃ praharadvayam)

2) an epithet of Durgā.

Mahāniśā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and niśā (निशा).

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

Mahāniśā (महानिशा).—f.

(-śā) Midnight. E. mahā great, and niśā night.

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

Mahāniśā (महानिशा).—f. midnight.

Mahāniśā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and niśā (निशा).

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

Mahāniśā (महानिशा).—[feminine] dead of night, midnight.

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

1) Mahāniśā (महानिशा):—[=mahā-niśā] [from mahā > mah] f. = [preceding] [Brahma-purāṇa; Tithyāditya; Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Durgā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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