Mahashmashana, Mahāśmaśāna, Maha-shmashana: 8 definitions


Mahashmashana 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 Mahāśmaśāna can be transliterated into English as Mahasmasana or Mahashmashana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahashmashana in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान) was at Padmāvatī (in the Gwalior State), and is mentioned in the Mālatīmādhava written by Bhavabhūti (born about 680 CE).—Bhavabhūti’s Mālatīmādhava speaks of a woman styled Yoginī, who performed the Kāpālikavrata at the Śrīparvata and illustrates the vrata by the horrible activities of Aghoraghaṇṭa and his female disciple Kapālakuṇḍalā, who are represented as coming from the Śrīparvata and staying near the mahāśmaśāna (at Padmāvatī in the Gwalior State) containing a temple of Cāmuṇḍā to whom they were going to offer the girl Mālatī in sacrifice.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान).—an epithet of Benares.

Derivable forms: mahāśmaśānam (महाश्मशानम्).

Mahāśmaśāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and śmaśāna (श्मशान).

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

Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान).—n.

(-naṃ) The holy city Benares. E. mahā great, and śmaśāna cemetery; people going thither to die.

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

Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान).—[neuter] a large burial-place.

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

1) Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान):—[=mahā-śmaśāna] [from mahā > mah] n. a gr° cemetery or place for burning the dead, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the city of Benares (whither Hindūs are in the habit of going to die), [Kāśī khaṇḍa, from the skanda-purāṇa]

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

Mahāśmaśāna (महाश्मशान):—[mahā-śmaśāna] (naṃ) 1. n. The city Benares; a great cemetry.

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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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