Mahashiras, Mahāśiras, Maha-shiras: 7 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Mahāśiras can be transliterated into English as Mahasiras or Mahashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahashiras in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्).—An ancient sage. In Mahābhārata. Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 10 we find that this sage shone in the assembly of Dharmaputra.

2) Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्).—A Nāga. Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 9 states that this Nāga worships Varuṇa in Varuṇa’s assembly.

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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Mahashiras in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्) is the father of Puruṣapuṇḍarīka: one of the nine black Vāsudevas, according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly: “[...] There will be nine black Vāsudevas, enjoyers of three parts of the earth, with half so much power as the Cakrins. [...] In Cakrapurī, Puruṣapuṇḍarīka, in the interval between Ara and Malli, son of Lakṣmīvatī and Mahāśiras, nineteen bows tall, living for sixty-five thousand years, will go to the sixth hell”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्).—m. a kind of serpent.

Mahāśiras is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and śiras (शिरस्).

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

Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्).—[adjective] large-headed.

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

1) Mahāśiras (महाशिरस्):—[=mahā-śiras] [from mahā > mah] mfn. large-headed, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of serpent, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] a species of lizard, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a Dānava, [Mahābhārata]

5) [v.s. ...] of a man, [ib.]

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Mahashiras 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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