Mahaprabha, Mahāprabha, Maha-prabha: 10 definitions


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[«previous next»] — Mahaprabha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ) refers to “shining lustrously”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] On the left side there were two huge saffron coloured elephants with four tusks and appearing to be of sixty years in age. They shone lustrously (mahāprabha). There were two horses too, brilliant like the sun. They were bedecked in divine ornaments and other necessary embellishments. The guardians of the quarters were shown as adorned with great gems. All the gods were portrayed by Viśvakarman realistically. [...]”.

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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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[«previous next»] — Mahaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ).—a. of great lustre.

-bhaḥ the light of a lamp.

Mahāprabha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and prabha (प्रभ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ).—(1) name of a Buddha in the west: Sukhāvatīvyūha 97.15; (2) name of a Bodhisattva: Gaṇḍavyūha 3.15; (3) name of a king: Gaṇḍavyūha 160.15 ff.; (4) name of a kalpa: Gaṇḍavyūha 281.23; (5) (presumably nt.) name of a city: Gaṇḍavyūha 99.11.

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

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ).—mfn.

(-bhaḥ-bhā-bhaṃ) Very bright, splendid. m.

(-bhaḥ) Lamp-light, the light of a lamp. E. mahā much, prabhā shining.

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

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ).—[adjective] very resplendent; [feminine] prabhā great brightness.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahāprabhā (महाप्रभा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a
—[commentary] on Viśvanātha’s Siddhāntamuktāvalī, by Madhusūdana Gosvāmin.

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

1) Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ):—[=mahā-prabha] [from mahā > mah] mfn. shining brightly, exceedingly brilliant or splendid, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. the light of a lamp, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) Mahāprabhā (महाप्रभा):—[=mahā-prabhā] [from mahā-prabha > mahā > mah] f. gr° brightness, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of [commentator or commentary]

5) Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ):—[=mahā-prabha] [from mahā > mah] m. Name of a Tathāgata, [Sukhāvatī-vyūha ii]

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

Mahāprabha (महाप्रभ):—[mahā-prabha] (bhaḥ) 1. m. Lamp light. a. Bright.

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Mahaprabha 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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