Mahashala, Mahasala, Mahāsāla, Mahāśāla, Mahāsālā, Maha-shala: 8 definitions


Mahashala means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Mahāśāla can be transliterated into English as Mahasala or Mahashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mahāsāla (महासाल).—A King of the Aṅga dynasty. He was the son of Janamejaya and father of Mahāmanas. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 277).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahāśāla (महाशाल).—A son of Janamejaya; a king equal to Indra in fame; father of Mahāmanas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 48. 13; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 15-6; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 18. 6-7.

1b) Sacred to the Piṭrs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 22. 34.
Purana book cover
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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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A village to the east of Kajangala; the eastern boundary of Majjhimadesa passed through it. Vin.i.197; J.i.49, where it is called Mahasala.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mahāsāla : (adj.) having immense wealth.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahāśāla (महाशाल).—a great householder.

Derivable forms: mahāśālaḥ (महाशालः).

Mahāśāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and śāla (शाल).

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

Mahāśāla (महाशाल).—m.

(-laḥ) A great house-holder.

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

Mahāśāla (महाशाल).—1. [masculine] the owner of a great house.

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Mahāśāla (महाशाल).—2. [masculine] a great Śāla-tree.

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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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