Mahatattva, Mahātattva, Maha-tattva: 4 definitions


Mahatattva 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.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Mahātattva (महातत्त्व) refers to “the aggregate of five gross and three subtle material energies is called pradhāna. When it is activated by the glance of Mahā-Viṣṇu it becomes known as mahā-tattva”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahatattva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mahātattva (महातत्त्व):—[=mahā-tattva] [from mahā > mah] n. ‘the gr° principle’, Intellect (second of the Sāṃkhya Tattvas; See mahat)

2) Mahātattvā (महातत्त्वा):—[=mahā-tattvā] [from mahā-tattva > mahā > mah] f. Name of one of Durgā’s attendants, [Horace H. Wilson]

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Mahatattva in German

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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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