Maharha, Mahārha, Maha-arha: 9 definitions


Maharha 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Mahārha (महार्ह) is another name (synonym) for Candana, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Santalum album (Indian sandalwood). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 12.6-8), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahārha (महार्ह) means “great value”, referring to the divine mansions (bhavana) erected by Tvaṣṭṛ, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, O sage. To partake in that sacrifice, the celestial and terrestrial sages and Devas were invited by Śiva and they reached the place being deluded by Śiva’s Māyā. [...] Large divine mansions (bhavana) of great value (mahārha) and brilliant lustre (suprabha) were erected by Tvaṣṭṛ and assigned to them by Dakṣa. In all those places they stationed themselves in a befitting manner after being duly honoured. They shone along with Viṣṇu and me”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahārha (महार्ह).—a.

1) very valuable, very costly; महार्हशय्यापरिवर्तनच्युतैः स्वकेशपुष्पैरपि या स्म दूयते (mahārhaśayyāparivartanacyutaiḥ svakeśapuṣpairapi yā sma dūyate) Kumārasambhava 5.12.

2) invaluable, inestimable; महार्हशयनोपेत किं शेषे निहतो भुवि (mahārhaśayanopeta kiṃ śeṣe nihato bhuvi) Rām.6.19. 2.

-rham white sandal-wood.

Mahārha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and arha (अर्ह).

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

Mahārha (महार्ह).—mfn.

(-rhaḥ-rhā-rhaṃ) 1. Costly, valuable. 2. Very worthy. E. mahā and arha worthy.

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

Mahārha (महार्ह).—[adjective] = mahārgha.

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

1) Mahārha (महार्ह):—[from mahā > mah] mfn. (hār) very worthy or deserving, very valuable or precious, splendid, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [=mahā-rha] [from mahārha > mahā > mah] n. white sandal-wood, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Mahārha (महार्ह):—[(rhaḥ-rhā-rhaṃ) a.] Costly; worthy.

[Sanskrit to German]

Maharha 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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