Mahashcarya, Mahāścarya, Maha-ashcarya: 2 definitions


Mahashcarya 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 Mahāścarya can be transliterated into English as Mahascarya or Mahashcarya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Mahashcharya.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahashcarya in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Mahāścarya (महाश्चर्य) refers to the “wondrous (yoga)”, according to the Śivayogadīpikā by Sadāśivayogīśvara: a text dealing with Śaivism and Haṭhayoga in two hundred and eighty-nine verses.—Accordingly, while describing the worship of Śiva: “Therefore, reverentially practise this auxiliary of worshipping Śiva which is the wondrous (mahāścarya) yoga with eight auxiliaries”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Mahāścarya (महाश्चर्य) refers to “(gazing) wonderingly”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.10 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura fought with the Gods: “[...] The fight between Tāraka and Kumāra was terrific and unbearable. All the living beings were afraid. O sage, even as all the persons stood gazing wonderingly (mahāścarya), both of them fought each other with spears in their hands (śaktihasta). Each was wounded in the heart by the other with the spear. Each tried to escape from the other’s. thrust. Both were equally strong like two lions. Both were fully equipped for the fight. [...]”.

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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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