Maharudra, aka: Mahārudra, Maha-rudra; 3 Definition(s)

Introduction

Maharudra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

[Maharudra in Purana glossaries]

Mahārudra (महारुद्र).—A mantra sacred to the Piṭrs: an epithet of Śiva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 34; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 33. 84; 34. 1, 50-1.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Maharudra in Jainism glossaries]

Mahārudra (महारुद्र).— The mahārudra are a group of celestial beings living in the lower regions of adholoka (lower world) according to Jaina cosmology. Adholoka is made up of seven regions and offers residence to the infernal beings existing within these lands.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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-English dictionary

[Maharudra in Sanskrit glossaries]

Mahārudra (महारुद्र).—a form of Śiva.

Derivable forms: mahārudraḥ (महारुद्रः).

Mahārudra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and rudra (रुद्र).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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