Mahashabda, aka: Mahāśabda, Maha-shabda; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Mahāśabda can be transliterated into English as Mahasabda or Mahashabda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

Mahāśabda refers to “five great sounds” as mentioned in the “Grant of Rājarāja I Devendravarman” (1077 A.D.). The possession of the five mahāśabdas, explained with reference to North Indian rulers as the enjoyment of five official desginations beginning with the word mahat and in regard to South Indian kings as the privilege of enjoying the sounds of five musical instruments, is usually associated with feudatories. Some early medieval South Indian dynasties, however, associated the privilege with imperial dignity and the claim of the Imperial Gaṅgas reminds us of a similar one on behalf of their western neighbours, the Eastern Chālukyas of Veṅgī.

These plates (mentioning Mahāśabda) were dug up from the fields of a village in the Bobbili Taluk of the Srikakulam District, Andhra. It records the grant of the village of Koḍila (Koḍili) in the Varāhavarttanī-viṣaya, for the merit of the king and his parents.

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)

Mahā-śabda.—(IE 8-2), cf. aśeṣa-mahāśabda (EI 22), same as pañca-mahāśabda (q. v.). Cf. paṭaha-ḍhakkā-mahāśabda (Ep. Ind., Vol. XXVI, p. 325). Note: mahā-śabda is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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mahāśabda (महाशब्द).—m (S The great sound or noise.) A covert term for the cry of distress called bōmba.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Mahāśabda (महाशब्द).—a. making a loud sound, very noisy, boisterous.

Mahāśabda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and śabda (शब्द).

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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