Mahatala, aka: Mahātala, Maha-tala; 7 Definition(s)


Mahatala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the Hands of The Seven Lower Worlds.—Mahātala: the Patāka hand twisted downwards is applicable.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Mahātala (महातल).—A section of Pātāla. The descendants of the serpent Kadrū live here. These serpents are manyheaded and terrible monsters. Chief among them are Kahaka, Takṣaka, Suṣeṇa, Kāliya and others. All these serpents have long and slender bodies, large hoods and are of very cruel nature. Still they are all afraid of Garuḍa and so live quietly with their families in Mahātala. (Devī Bhāgavata, 8th Skandha).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Mahātala (महातल).—The ankle of the creator;1 an underworld, where a gaṇa of Nāgas by name Krodhavaśa live;2 of gravel colour where are the cities of Virocana, the Asura chief and eight others.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 26; 5. 41.
  • 2) Ib. V. 24. 7, 29.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 12, 34-7.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mahātala : (nt.) a large flat roof on the top of a palace.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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mahātala (महातल).—n (S) One of the hells or divisions of pātāla. See saptapātāla.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Mahātala (महातल).—Name of one of the seven lower regions; see पाताल (pātāla).

Derivable forms: mahātalam (महातलम्).

Mahātala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and tala (तल).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahātala (महातल).—n.

(-laṃ) The fifth in descent of the seven Patalas or regions under the earth, inhabited by various races of evil beings, as the Nagas, Asuras, Daityas, &c. E. mahā great, and tala depth.

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