Mahashakti, Mahāśakti, Maha-shakti: 10 definitions


Mahashakti 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.

The Sanskrit term Mahāśakti can be transliterated into English as Mahasakti or Mahashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahashakti in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति) refers to a “spear” (given by Agni), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.5 (“Kārttikeya is crowned”).—Accordingly, after the Kṛttikās spoke to Kārttikeya: “[...] Then Śiva, the lord of the universe, following the worldly convention delightedly placed Kārttikeya on a beautiful gemset throne. [...] Agni lovingly gave him a spear (mahāśakti); Nirṛti his own weapon and the wind his own weapon. Kubera gave him a mace; Śiva a spear; the gods different kinds of weapons and implements. The delighted lord of Kāma gave him the weapon of love, a club and his own lore with great pleasure. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति).—A son of Mādrī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 15.
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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

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

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति).—

1) an epithet of Śiva.

2) of Kārtikeya.

Derivable forms: mahāśaktiḥ (महाशक्तिः).

Mahāśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and śakti (शक्ति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति).—name of a yakṣa (or gandharva?): Mahā-Māyūrī 237.4.

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

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति).—m.

(-ktiḥ) 1. Kartikeya, the martial deity of the Hindus. 2. Siva. E. mahā great, śakti power.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa]

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

1) Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति):—[=mahā-śakti] [from mahā > mah] mfn. very powerful or mighty (said of Śiva), [Śivagītā, ascribed to the padma-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Kārttikeya, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Kṛṣṇa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of a poet, [Catalogue(s)]

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

Mahāśakti (महाशक्ति):—[mahā-śakti] (ktiḥ) 2. f. Kārtikeya, the martial deity of the Hindus.

[Sanskrit to German]

Mahashakti 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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