Maharddhi, Maha-riddhi: 9 definitions


Maharddhi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि) [=maharddhika?] refers to “very powerful”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Great guardians beginning with Indra, Lokapālas very powerful (maharddhika), Gods standing in the ten directions, Lokapālas I give homage. Indra holding a vajra, with the divine hosts, seize this excellent offering. [...]”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि) refers to the “great power” (of the lord of the 30 gods), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “If it is exceedingly desired to avoid descending into hell or solely to obtain the great power of the lord of the 30 gods (tridaśapati-maharddhi), if the ultimate aim of a man is desirable, then, pray, what else is to be spoken of? You must perform the doctrine. [Thus ends the reflection on] the doctrine”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि).—a. very prosperous, opulent. (-f.) great prosperity or affluence.

Maharddhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and ṛddhi (ऋद्धि).

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

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि).—i. e. mahā-ṛddhi, adj. Very perfect, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 33.

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

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि).—[adjective] very rich or mighty.

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

1) Maharddhi (महर्द्धि):—[=maha-rddhi] [from maha > mah] a f. great prosperity or power or perfection (in -prāpta m. Name of a prince of the Garuḍas, [Buddhist literature]; -mat mfn. possessing or conferring great pr° etc., [Catalogue(s)]; m. a great sage, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. very prosperous or powerful, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara] (also dhika, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc., and] dhin, [Mahābhārata])

3) [v.s. ...] very sage, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

4) [from mah] b etc. See [column]2.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Maharddhi (महर्द्धि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Mahiḍiḍha, Mahiḍḍhaya, Mahiḍḍhīya.

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Maharddhi 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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