Mahapapin, Maha-papin, Mahāpāpin, Mahāpāpī, Maha-papi, Mahapapi: 1 definition
Mahapapin 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Mahāpāpin (महापापिन्) refers to a “great sinner” [?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Brahmā: “[...] Our woman folk, the groups of heavenly nymphs have been captured by Tāraka, the powerful. No sacrifice is in the making. No ascetic is in penances. The charitable and virtuous activities [i.e., dānadharma-ādika] are being seldom pursued in the worlds. His commander-in-chief is a simple demon—Krauñca [i.e., mahāpāpī—tasya senāpatiḥ krauṃco mahāpāpyasti dānavaḥ]. He has now gone to the nether worlds and is harassing the people very much. [...]”.
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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