Mahaprajna, Maha-prajna, Mahāprajñā: 6 definitions



Mahaprajna 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Mahāprājña (महाप्राज्ञ) refers to one of “great intellect” and is used to describe Himācala, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.3.—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Himācala:—“[...] O Himācala of great intellect (mahāprājña), please listen to our beneficent words. We shall gladly tell you why we have come. O Himācala, the mother of the universe Umā, who was born as Dakṣa’s daughter, became Rudra’s wife and sported for a long time on the earth. On being disrespected by her father, Satī remembered her vow, abandoned her body and returned to her own region”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāprajñā (महाप्रज्ञा).—name of a female lay-disciple: Gaṇḍavyūha 51.15.

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Mahāprājña (महाप्राज्ञ).—name of a lay-disciple: Gaṇḍavyūha 51.9; name of a householder (the same?): Gaṇḍavyūha 52.1.

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

Mahāprājña (महाप्राज्ञ).—[adjective] very wise.

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

Mahāprājña (महाप्राज्ञ):—[=mahā-prājña] [from mahā > mah] mfn. very wise, very clever or intelligent, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

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Mahaprajna 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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