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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahant.—(EI 4), variant spelling of Mahanta; the same as Mahantaka. Note: mahant is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Mahant, (adj.) (Vedic mahant, which by Grassmann is taken as ppr. to mah, but in all probability the n is an original suffix.—cp. Av. mazant, Sk. compar. mahīyān; Gr. mέgas (compar. mei/zwn), Lat. magnus, Goth. mikils=Ohg. mihhil=E. much) great, extensive, big; important, venerable.—Nom. mahā Sn. 1008; Mhvs 22, 27. Shortened to maha in cpd. pitāmaha (following a- decl.) (paternal) grandfather PvA. 41; & mātāmaha (maternal) grandfather (q. v.).—Instr. mahatā Sn. 1027.—pl. Nom. mahantā Sn. 578 (opp. daharā).—Loc. mahati Miln. 254.—f. mahī — 1. one of the 5 great rivers (Np.).—2. the earth. See separately.—nt. mahantaṃ used as adv. , meaning “very much, greatly” J. V, 170; DhA. IV, 232. Also in cpd. mahantabhāva greatness, loftiness, sublimity DhsA. 44.—Compar. mahantatara DhA. II, 63, and with dimin. suffix °ka J. III, 237.—The regular paraphrase of mahā in the Niddesa is “agga, seṭṭha, visiṭṭha, pāmokkha, uttama, pavara, ” see Nd2 502.

Note on mahā & cpds.—A. In certain cpds. the combination with mahā (mah°) has become so established & customary (often through politeness in using mahā° for the simple term), that the cpd. is felt as an inseparable unity and a sort of “antique” word, in which the 2nd part either does not occur any more by itself or only very rarely, as mah’aṇṇava, which is more frequent than aṇṇava; mah’âbhisakka, where abhisakka does not occur by itself; cp. mahânubhāva, mahiddhika mahaggha; or is obscured in its derivation through constant use with mahā, like mahesī (mah+esī, or īsī), mahesakkha (mah+esakkha); mahallaka (mah+*ariyaka); mahāmatta. Cp. E. great-coat, Gr. a)rx° in a)rx-iatrόs=Ger. arzt. Only a limited selection of cpd. -words is given, consisting of more frequent or idiomatic terms. Practically any word may be enlarged & emphasized in meaning by prefixing mahā. Sometimes a mahā° lends to special events a standard (historical) significance, so changing the common word into a noun proper, e.g. Mah-âbhinikkhammana, Mahāpavāraṇa.—B. Mahā occurs in cpds. in (a) an elided form mah before a & i; (b) shortened to maha° before g, d, p, b with doubling of these consonants; (c) in the regular form mahā°: usually before consonants, sometimes before vowels. This form is contracted with foll. i to e and foll. u to o. In the foll. list of cpds. we have arranged the material according to these bases.

mah°: —aggha very costly, precious Pug. 34; Mhvs 27, 35; PvA. 77, 87; Sdhp. 18. —agghatā costliness, great value Pug. 34, Sdhp. 26. —aṇṇava the (great) ocean Mhvs 19, 17. —atthiya (for °atthika) of great importance or use, very useful, profitable J. III, 368. —andhakāra deep darkness Vism. 417. —assāsin fully refreshed, very comfortable S. I, 81.

maha°: —ggata “become great, ” enlarged, extensive, fig. lofty, very great M. I, 263; II, 122; A. II, 63, 184; III, 18; VvA. 155; J. V, 113; Dhs. 1020 (translation: “having a wider scope”) Vbh. 16, 24, 62, 74, 126, 270, 326; Tikp. 45; Vism. 410, 430 sq. (°ārammaṇa); VbhA. 154 (id.), 159 (°citta); DhsA. 44. See on term Cpd. 4, 12, 55, 1014; (cp. BSk. mahadgata Divy 227). —gghasa eating much, greedy, gluttonous A. IV, 92; P III, 111 (=bahubhojana PvA. 175); Miln. 288; Dh. 325 (cp. DhA. IV, 16). —ddhana having great riches (often combined with mahābhoga) Dh. 123; J. IV, 15, 22. —pphala much fruit; adj. bearing much fruit, rich in result A. IV, 60, 237 sq.; Sn. 191, 486; Dh. 312, 356 sq. —bbala (a) a strong force, a great army Mhvs 10, 68 (v. l. , T. has mahā-bala); (b) of great strength, mighty, powerful J. III, 114; Mhvs 23, 92; 25, 9. —bbhaya great fear, terror S. I, 37; Sn. 753, 1032, 1092, ep. Nd2 501.

mahå°: —anas kitchen Mhvs 5, 27 (spurious stanza). —anasa kitchen J. II, 361; III, 314; V, 368; VI, 349; DhA. III, 309; ThA. 5. —anila a gale Mhvs 3, 42. —ānisaṃsa deserving great praise (see s. v.), (cp. BSk. mahānuśaṃsa MVastu III, 221). —ānubhāva majesty, adj. wonderful, splendid J. I, 194; J. VI, 331; Pv III, 31; PvA. 117, 136, 145, 272. —aparādhika very guilty J. I, 114. —abhinikkhamaṇa the great renunciation DhA. I, 85. —abhisakka (abhi+śak) very powerful Th. 1, 1111. —amacca chief minister Mhvs 19, 12. —araha costly Mhvs 3, 21; 5, 75; 27, 39; PvA. 77, 141, 160.

mahā°: —alasa great sloth DhA. III, 410. —avīci the great Purgatory Avīci, frequent —isi in poetry for mahesi at J. V, 321. —upaṭṭhāna great state room (of a king) SnA 84. —upāsikā a great female follower (of the Buddha) VvA. 5. —karuṇā great compassion DhA. I, 106, 367. —kāya a great body Miln. 16. —gaṇa a great crowd or community DhA. I, 154. —gaṇḍa a large tumour VbhA. 104. —gedha great greed Sn. 819; Nd1 151. —cāga great liberality, adj. munificent Mhvs 27, 47. As °paricāga at SnA 295 (=mahādāna). —jana a great crowd, collectively for “the people, ” a multitude PvA. 6, 19, 78; Mhvs 3, 13. —taṇha (adj.) very thirsty J. II, 441. —tala “great surface, ” the large flat roof on the top of a palace (=upari-pāsāda-tala) J. VI, 40. —dāna (see under dāna) the great gift (to the bhikkhus) a special great offering of food & presents given by laymen to the Buddha & his followers as a meritorious deed, usually lasting for a week or more Mhvs 27, 46; PvA. 111, 112. —dhana (having) great wealth PvA. 3, 78. —naraka (a) great Hell, see naraka. —nāga a great elephant Dh. 312; DhA. IV, 4. —nāma N. of a plant Vin. I, 185; II, 267. —niddā deep sleep PvA. 47. —nibbāna the great N. DhA. IV, 110. —niraya (a) great hell SnA 309, 480; PvA. 52. See Niraya & cp. Kirfel, Kosmographie 199, 200. —nīla sapphire VvA. 111. —pañña very wise D. III, 158; A. III, 244; Dh. 352; DhA. IV, 71. —patha high road D. I, 102; Sn. 139; Dh. 58; Vism. 235; DhA. I, 445. —paduma a great lotus J. V, 39; also a vast number & hence a name of a purgatory, cp. Divy 67; Kirfel, Kosmographie 205. —pitā grandfather PvA. 107. —purisa a great man, a hero, a man born to greatness, a man destined by fate to be a Ruler or a Saviour of the World. A being thus favoured by fate possesses (32) marks (lakkhaṇāni) by which people recognise his vocation or prophesy his greatness. A detailed list of these 32 marks (which probably date back to mythological origin & were originally attributed to Devas) is found at D. II, 17, 19, passim.—D. III, 287; Sn. 1040 sq.; Dh. 352; Miln. 10; SnA 184, 187 sq. , 223, 258, 357, 384 sq.; °lakkhaṇāni: D. I, 88, 105, 116; Sn. 549, 1000 sq.; Vism. 234; VvA. 315; DhA. II, 41. —bhūta usually in pl. °bhūta(ni) (cattāro & cattā) the 4 great elements (see bhūta), being paṭhavī, āpo, tejo, vāyo, D. I, 76; Nd1 266; Vbh. 13, 70 sq.; Vism. 366 sq.; Tikp 39, 56 sq. , 74 sq. , 248 sq.; VbhA. 42, 169, 253.—See Cpd. 154, 268 sq. , & cp. dhātu 1. —bhoga great wealth, adj. wealthy PvA. 3, 78. —maccha a great fish, seamonster J. I, 483. —mati very wise, clever Mhvs 14, 22; 19, 84 (f. °ī); 33, 100 (pl. °ī). —matta (cp. Sk. mahāmātra) a king’s chief minister, alias Prime Minister, “who was the highest Officer-of-State and real Head of the Executive” (Banerjea, Public Administration in Ancient India, 1916). His position is of such importance, that he even ranges as a rājā or king: Vin. III, 47 (rājā ... akkhadassā mahāmattā ye vā pana chejjabhejjaṃ anusāsanti ete rājāno nāma).—Note. An Acc. sg. mahā-mattānaṃ we find at A. I, 154 (formed after the prec. rājānaṃ).—Vin. I, 74 (where two ranks are given: senā-nāyakā m. -mattā the m. of defence, and vohārikā m. -m. those of law); D. I, 7; III, 88; III, 64 (here with Ep. khattiya); A. I, 154, 252, 279; III, 128; Vin. IV, 224; Vism. 121; VbhA. 312 (in simile of two m.), 340; PvA. 169. Cp. Fick. Sociale Gliederung 92, 99, 101. —muni great seer Sn. 31. —megha a big cloud, thunder cloud M. II, 117; Sn. 30; Vism. 417. —yañña the great sacrifice D. I, 138 sq. , 141 (cp. A. II, 207≈). —yasa great fame Vv 216; Mhys 5, 22. —raṅga (cp. Sk. m. -rajana), safflower, used for dyeing Vin. I, 185 (sandals); II 267 (cloaks). —rājā great king, king, very frequent : see rājā. —rukkha a great tree Vism. 413 (literally); Miln. 254 (id.), otherwise the plant euphorbia tortilis (cp. Zimmer, Altind. Leben 129). —lātā (-pasādhana) a lady’s parure called “great creeper” DhA. I, 392; VvA. 165 (-pilandhana); same SnA 520. —vātapāna main window DhA. IV, 203. —vīṇā a great lute Vism. 354; VbhA. 58. —vīra (great) hero Sn. 543, 562. —satta “the great being” or a Bodhisatta VvA. 137 (v. l. SS. bodhisatta). (Cp. BSk. mahāsattva, e.g. Jtm 32). —samudda the sea, the occean Mhvs 19, 18; Vism. 403; SnA 30, 371; PvA. 47. —sara a great lake; usually as satta-mahāsarā the 7 great lakes of the Himavant (see sara), enumerated e.g. at Vism. 416. —sāra (of) great sap, i.e. great wealth, adj. very rich J. I, 463 (°kula, perhaps to be read mahāsāla-kula). —sāla (adj.) having great halls, Ep. of rich people (especially brāhmaṇas) D. I, 136, 235; III, 16, 20; J. II, 272 (°kula); IV, 237 (id.), 325 (id.); V, 227 (id.); Pug. 56; VbhA. 519; DhA. III, 193. —sāvaka (cp. BSk. mahāśrāvaka Divy 489) a great disciple Vism. 98 (asīti °ā); DhA. II, 93. —senagutta title of a high official (Chancellor of the Exchequer?) J. V, 115; VI, 2. —hatthi a large elephant M. I, 184 (°pada elephant’s foot, as the largest of all animal feet), referred to as simile (°opama) at Vism. 243, 347, 348.

mahi° (mah’i°): —iccha full of desire, lustful, greedy A. IV, 229; Th. 1, 898; It. 91; J. I, 8; II, 441. —icchatā arrogance, ostentatiousness A. IV, 280; VbhA. 472. —iddhika (mahā+iddhi+ka) of great power, always combined with mah-ânubhāva to denote great influence, high position & majesty Vin. I, 31; II, 193; III, 101; D. I, 78, 180 (devatā), 213; S. I, 145 sq.; II, 155, 274 sq. , 284 sq.; IV, 323; V, 265, 271 sq. , 288 sq.; A. V, 129; J. VI, 483 (said of the Ocean); PvA. 6, 136, 145. —inda (ghosa) lit. the roar of the Great Indra, Indra here to be taken in his function as sky (rain) god, thus: the thunder of the rain-god Th. 1, 1108. (Cp. BSk. māhendra in °bhavana “the abode of the Great Indra, ” and vaṛṣa “the rain of the Gr. I. ” (here as rain-god), both at AvŚ I. 210). —issāsa (Sk. maheṣvāsa) great in the art of the bow, a great archer S. I, 185; DhA. I, 358.

mahe° (mahā+i): —esakkha (mahā+īsa+khyaṃ; fr. īś) possessing great power or authority A. II, 204; III, 244; Nd2 5032; Vism. 419; Sdhp. 511. The BSk. form is maheṣākhya evidently differing in its etymology. The P. etym. rests on the same grounds as esitatta in mahesi DhA. IV, 232. —esi (mahā+isi; Sk. maharṣi) a great Sage A. II, 26; Sn. 208, 481, 646, 915, 1057, 1061; Th. 1, 1132; 2, 149; Dh. 422 (explained at DhA. IV, 232 as “mahantaṃ sīla-kkhandh’ādīnaṃ esitattā m. ” cp. the similar explanation at Nd2 503); Nd1 343; Vism. 505; VbhA. 110; PvA. 1. —esiyā=mahesī J. VI, 483. —esī (in P. to be taken as mah+, as f. to īsa, but in Sk. (Vedic) as f. of mahiṣa, buffalo) chief queen, king’s first wife, king’s consort; also the wife of a great personage J. II, 410; V, 45; VI, 425; Pug. 56; Mhvs 2, 22 (pl. mahesiyo); VvA. 184 (sixteen). Usually as agga-mahesī, e.g. J. I, 262; III, 187, 393; V, 88. —esitta state of chief consort, queenship J. V, 443; Pv. II, 1310; ThA. 37; VvA. 102. —eseyya=°esitta J. V, 91.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahant (महन्त्).— (properly ptcple. pres. of mah); the bases of all cases, except the sing. voc. msc., are mahānt and mahat; ved. mahām instead of mahāntam, Chr. 297, 14 = [Rigveda.] i. 112, 14. I. adj. 1. Great, large, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 11, 18. 2. Pre-eminent, [Hitopadeśa] pr. [distich] 28, M. M. 3. Much, many. 4. Excellent, [Nala] 2, 25. Ii. adv. hat, Exceedingly, much, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 42, 2. Iii. m. The intellectual principle, Sāṅkhyak. 3, 22; [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 12, 14. Iv. n. 1. Greatness, infinity, Bhāṣāp. 25. 2. Kingdom. V. f. atī, The lute of Nārada.

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

Mahant (महन्त्).—(mahānt, [feminine] mahatī; °— mostly mahā q.v.) great (in all mgs, i.e.) big, large, tall; extensive, long, protracted, far advanced; much, many, abundant, numerous; intensive, thick, dense; mighty, important, high, noble, distinguished, eminent.

— [masculine] a great or noble man, (±ātman) the intellect; [neuter] anything great or important; greatness, might.

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

Mahant (महन्त्):—

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Mahant (महन्त्):—, mahāntaṃ vairam st. mahadvairam [Mahābhārata 1, 1155.] mahānantaḥ saṃhāro yena tanmahāntam [Nīlakaṇṭha]

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

Mahant (महन्त्):——

1) Adj. (stark mahānt , f. mahatī ; im Epos häufig mahat st. mahāntam und einmal mahāntam st. mahat (vgl. jedoch 1. mahānta

1) Am Anfange eines Comp. nur ausnahmsweise , in der Regel mahā. ( mahatara s. bes.) magnus , gross. — a) im Baume ; gross , weit , lang (Weg) , umfangreich , hoch , tief ; auch erwachsen. bhutāni die groben Elemente ; ukatha n. ein best. Uktha von 720 Versen ; akadhya n. ein best. Sāman. — b) in der Zeit ; lang , weit vorgerückt. mahatyaparāhṇe so v.a. ganz spät am Nachmittage. — c) der Menge nach ; zahlreich , viel , reichlich. jana m. Sg. eine Menge von Menschen. Mit einem Instr. oder am Ende eines Comp. reich an. — d) dem Grade nach ; bedeutend , mächtig , vielsagend , bedeutsam , wichtig , werthvoll , heftig , intensiv , dicht (Finsterniss) , laut (Ton). mahato mahān lauter als laut ; ātman m. die grosse Seele , so v.a. der Intellect ; mahatī dvādaśī der 42te Tag in der lichten Hälfte des Bhādrapada. — e) der Stellung nach von Personen ; gross , hoch , vornehm , mächtig , edel. mahatama überaus hochstehend.

2) m. — a) ein grosser , hochstehender , edler Mann. mahatama ein überaus hochstehender Mann. — b) Vorsteher eines Klosters. — c) *Kamel [Rājan 19,21.] — d) Bez. Rudra's. — e) Nomen proprium — α) eines Rudra. — β) eines Dānava. — γ) (sc. gaṇa) einer best. Klasse von Manen. — δ) zweier Fürsten [Wilson's Uebersetzung des Viṣṇupurāṇa 4,180,143.] —

3) m. n. (seltener) der Intellect.

4) f. mahatī — a) *die Eierpflanze [Rājan 4,23.] [Bhāvaprakāśa 1,198.] — b) Nārada’s siebensaitige Laute.

5) n. — a) ein grosses Ding , Grösse (concret). — b) etwas Grosses , Bedeutendes. — c) Grösse , Macht. — d) der grosse , — der grössere Theil [Āpastamba’s Śrautasūtra 6,10,2.] mahati rātriyai und mahati rātryai so v.a. noch mitten in der Nacht. — e) die heilige Weisheit.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mahant in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) head priest of a temple, a monk; self-willed leader; ~[tai/ti] the function or job of a [mahamta; ~ti] office or status of a [mahamta]..—mahant (महंत) is alternatively transliterated as Mahaṃta.

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