Mahata, aka: Mahatā; 5 Definition(s)
Mahata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Mahata (महत) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.17, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahata) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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.
India history and geogprahy
Mahata (or, Mahatā) refers to one of the 84 castes (gaccha) in the Jain community according to local Deccan tradition. The Jain caste and sub-caste system was a comparatively later development within their community, and it may have arisen from the ancient classification of Brāhmaṇa, Kṣatriya, Vaiśya and Śūdra. Before distinction of these classes (such as Mahata), the society was not divided into distinct separate sections, but all were considered as different ways of life and utmost importance was attached to individual chartacter and mode of behaviour.
According to Dr. Vilas Adinath Sangava, “Jainism does not recognise castes (viz., Mahata) as such and at the same time the Jaina books do not specifically obstruct the observance of caste rules by the members of the Jaina community. The attitude of Jainism towards caste is that it is one of the social practices, unconnected with religion, observed by people; and it was none of its business to regulate the working of the caste system” (source).
The legendary account of the origin of these 84 Jain castes (eg., Mahata) relate that once a rich Jain invited members of the Jain community in order to establish a vaiśya-mahāsabhā (i.e. Central Association of Traders). In response, 84 representatives came from different places, and they were later seen as the progenitors of these castes. Various sources however mention differences in the list.Source: Wisdom Library: India History
Mahatā.—(EI 32), the same as Mahattaka, Mahattara or Mahattama. Cf. Mahato. Note: mahatā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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
mahāta (महात) [or द, da].—m (mahāmātra S through H) An elephant-driver or elephant-keeper.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
mahāta (महात) [-da, -द].—m An elephant-driver.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
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Search found 11 books and stories containing Mahata, Mahatā, Mahāta; (plurals include: Mahatas, Mahatās, Mahātas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.6.235 < [Chapter 6 - Abhīṣṭa-lābha: The Attainment of All Desires]
Verse 2.3.7 < [Chapter 3 - Bhajana: Worship]
Verse 2.4.95 < [Chapter 4 - Vaikuṇṭha: The Spiritual Kingdom]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 2 - Explanation of the word Mahat < [Chapter VI - The Great Bhikṣu Saṃgha]
Introduction (five thousand bhikṣus) < [Chapter VI - The Great Bhikṣu Saṃgha]
Act 1.5: The Buddha lights up the trichiliocosm < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 3108-3113 < [Chapter 25 - Examination of the Doctrine of ‘Self-sufficient Validity’]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)