Mahasthana, Mahāsthāna, Maha-sthana: 6 definitions
Mahasthana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Mahāsthāna (महास्थान) refers to the “great place”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “There is (the energy which is) one measure (ekamātrā), two measures (dvimātrā) and three measures (trimātrā). The (energy which is the) half-measure is supreme and subtle. Above it is (the one reality which is both) supreme (transcendent) and inferior (immanent). It is the teacher’s place, the Great Place [i.e., mahāsthāna]. The Self, which is endowed with the consciousness of its own consciousness, has come from that Place. The pure (beings) who are on their way to the Supreme should also be conjoined into that plane, initiated by Śrīnātha”.
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.
India history and geography
Mahāsthāna.—(EI 7), a holy place. (EI 24), a great temple. Note: mahāsthāna is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
Mahāsthāna (महास्थान).—a great position.
Derivable forms: mahāsthānam (महास्थानम्).
Mahāsthāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and sthāna (स्थान).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mahāsthāna (महास्थान):—[=mahā-sthāna] [from mahā > mah] n. a high position or station, lofty rank, [Mahābhārata]
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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)
Partial matches: Sthana, Maha.
Starts with: Mahasthanaprapta.
Ends with: Ghatikamahasthana, Naradiyamahasthana.
Full-text: Mahasthanaprapta, Mahasthamaprapta, Naradiyamahasthana, Naradiya, Sthana, Mhatara, Prabhu, Mahattara, Mahajana, Mahattama, Svayambhuva.
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