Mahatantra, Mahātantra, Maha-tantra: 6 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Mahatantra 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.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (h)

Mahātantra (महातन्त्र) is defined as “that which explains the three categories in four quarters”. Aghoraśivācārya of 1130-50 A.D. while commenting upon the Tattvaprakāśikā of Bhojadeva, provides the above mentioned definition for Mahātantra. He refers to Vidyāpāda of Mṛgendrāgama, which says that Mahātantra should explain three categories of world viz. Pati, Paśu and Pāśa. The nature of them are explained in four quarters or Pādas viz. Jñāna, Yoga, Kriyā and Caryā. These four are the major sections of Āgama. Here the word Mahātantra is employed as a synonym of Āgamas accordingly to the subject matter dealt in it.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mahātantra.—(SITI; ASLV), often mentioned in South Indian records in the sense of ‘the army’; the army council; the great assembly of the army. Note: mahātantra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahatantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahātantra (महातन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Mentioned in Āgamatattvavilāsa.

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

Mahātantra (महातन्त्र):—[=mahā-tantra] [from mahā > mah] n. Name of a Śaiva [work]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahātantra (महातन्त्र):—n. Titel eines ŚaivaWerkes [SARVADARŚANAS. 80, 18. 81, 1. 2.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahātantra (महातन्त्र):—n. Titel eines Śaiva-Werkes.

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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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