Mahapreta, Mahāpreta, Maha-preta: 3 definitions


Mahapreta 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II) (shaivism)

Mahāpreta (महाप्रेत) is the name of a Kṣetrapāla (field-protector) and together with Jvālāmukhī Devī they preside over Jayantī: one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22). Their weapon is the khaḍga and their abode is the nimba-tree. A similar system appears in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāpreta (महाप्रेत).—a noble departed spirit.

Derivable forms: mahāpretaḥ (महाप्रेतः).

Mahāpreta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and preta (प्रेत).

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

Mahāpreta (महाप्रेत):—[=mahā-preta] [from mahā > mah] m. a noble departed spirit, [Rudrayāmala]

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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. 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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