Mahaprabhu, Mahāprabhu, Maha-prabhu: 10 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahaprabhu in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु) refers to “one of great lordly status” and is used to describe Vajrāṅga, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.14 (“The Birth of Tāraka and Vajrāṅga”).—Accordingly, after Vajrāṅga spoke to Brahmā: “[...] Thereafter the demon eschewed his diabolical feelings and resorted to sublime thoughts. Since he was free from fiendish feelings he became happy. But no sublime feeling entered in the heart of Varāṅgī. With chastity and faith she served her husband lovingly in diverse ways. Her husband Vajrāṅga of great lordly status [i.e., mahāprabhu] was glad very soon on account of her service. He then spoke thus:—[...]”.

2) Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु) refers to “great lord” and is used to describe Brahmā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka said to Brahmā: “O Pitāmaha, if you are glad and ready to grant me the boon what is it that cannot be achieved by me? Hence I request you for this boon. Please listen. O lord of gods, if you are pleased and if a boon is to be given to me, be kind enough to grant me two boons. O great lord [i.e., mahāprabhu], there should certainly be no man equal to me in strength in this entire universe created by you. [...]”.

Purana book cover
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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahāprabhu.—(EI 21, 32), sometimes used in respect of subordinate rulers; (HD), a governor; cf. Ep. Ind., Vol. XII, p. 335. (SITI) ‘the great banker’; the senior merchant; the title by which the leader of the nānāde3si merchant community was designated. (IA 30), a village official; see Prabhu. (EI 19), explained as ‘the high sheriff’. Note: mahāprabhu is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

India history book cover
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु).—

1) a great lord.

2) a king, sovereign.

3) a chief.

4) an epithet of Indra.

5) of Śiva

6) of Viṣṇu.

7) a great saint or holy man.

Derivable forms: mahāprabhuḥ (महाप्रभुः).

Mahāprabhu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and prabhu (प्रभु).

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

Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु).—m.

(-bhuḥ) 1. A holy man, a saint. 2. A king. 3. Indra. 4. Siva. E. mahā chief, and prabhu master.

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

Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु).—[masculine] great lord or king.

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

1) Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु):—[=mahā-prabhu] [from mahā > mah] m. a gr° master, mighty lord, king, prince (-tva n.), [Upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] a very holy man or gr° saint, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] a chief, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of Indra, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] of Viṣṇu, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Mahāprabhu (महाप्रभु):—[mahā-prabhu] (bhuḥ) 2. m. A sage, a holy man; a king; Indra; Shiva.

[Sanskrit to German]

Mahaprabhu 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahaprabhu in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahāprabhu (ಮಹಾಪ್ರಭು):—

1) [noun] a great leader, master.

2) [noun] a king.

3) [noun] a chief officer.

4) [noun] Śiva.

5) [noun] Viṣṇu.

6) [noun] Indra, the lord of gods.

7) [noun] a sage of great merit.

8) [noun] a term of addressing men of dignity, high office, etc.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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