Mahashila, Mahāśīla: 5 definitions
Mahashila 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 Mahāśīla can be transliterated into English as Mahasila or Mahashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Mahāśīla (महाशील).—A son of Janamejaya and father of Mahāmanas.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 2.
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Mahāśīla (महाशील) refers to a type of fish identified with Tor tor Ham., as mentioned in the 12th-century Mānasollāsa or Abhilaṣitārthachintāmaṇi, an ancient Sanskrit text describing thirty-five kinds of marine and fresh water fishes.—Someshvardeva mentions Mahashila to be a riverine, scaly, large fish. Mahashila in Sanskrit could mean a large stone-like (powerful) fish. This name is very similar to the famous mahaseer fish (Tor tor Ham.) of India. Hora (1951) suggested that mahashila could be South Indian Barbus (Tor) mussulah Sykes or B. (Tor) khudree Sykes. Barbus khudree is not a large fish. Hora (1951) did not consider Tor tor because it is present in northern India. We find that Day (Watt, 1890) mentions the presence of T. tor all over India. We, therefore, suggest that mahashila is T. tor, a barb.
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
Languages of India and abroad
1) Mahāśilā (महाशिला):—[=mahā-śilā] [from mahā > mah] f. a kind of weapon (a Śata-ghnī with iron nails), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) Mahāśīla (महाशील):—[=mahā-śīla] [from mahā > mah] m. Name of a son of Janam-ejaya, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (cf. -śāla).
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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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Mahashilakantaka.
Full-text: Mahamani, Mahashilakantaka, Udagra.
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The Bhagavata Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
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Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
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