Mahapatala, Mahāpāṭala, Mahāpaṭala: 5 definitions

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Mahapatala means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Mahāpaṭala (महापटल) or Mahāpaṭalalokeśvara refers to number 59 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].

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“Mahāpaṭala is three-faced and six-armed and stands on a lotus. He holds in his three right hands the Vajra, the Viśvavajra and the Utpala, and in his three left, the banner, the Ghaṇṭā and the Kamaṇḍalu”.

The names of the 108 deities [viz., Mahāpaṭala] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahapatala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahāpāṭala (महापाटल).—nt., presumably a kind of trumpet flower: Mahāvyutpatti 6199. Follows (Sanskrit) pāṭala.

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

Mahāpāṭala (महापाटल):—[=mahā-pāṭala] [from mahā > mah] m. or n. (?) a species of plant, [Buddhist literature]

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Mahapatala in German

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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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