Mahapatakacihnita, Mahāpātakacihnita, Mahapataka-cihnita: 1 definition

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Mahapatakacihnita 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mahapatakachihnita.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Mahapatakacihnita in Pancaratra glossary
Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Mahāpātakacihnita (महापातकचिह्नित) or simply Mahāpātaka refers to “one who is marked by great sin”, representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He with whom one constructs a temple should not be a Śaiva, or a Saura, nor a Naiṣṭhika, nor a naked one, nor born of mixed marriage, nor unclean, old, or one who is of a despicable form or marked by great sin (mahāpātakacihnita). [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., mahāpātakacihnita), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., mahāpātakacihnita) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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