Mahateja, Mahātejā: 7 definitions


Mahateja 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Mahātejā (महातेजा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.89.50) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahātejā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Mahāteja (महातेज) refers to “one who is very powerful” and is used to visualize Bhairava, 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, “He has eight faces and, very powerful [i.e., mahāteja], shines like a white lotus. He is mightily proud and has sharp teeth and great body. He is terrible and fierce and his face is deformed. O Śambhu, he has twenty arms and the goddess sits on his lap. He holds a sword, mallet and noose, a double-headed drum, a dagger, the Kaustubha jewel, a rosary, a skull bowl full of fruit and the like and a piece of human flesh. [...]”.

2) Mahātejā (महातेजा) refers to one of the thirty-two Bhairavīs (also Dūtis) embodying the syllables of the goddess’s Vidyā, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—The thirty-two Bhairavīs [i.e., Mahātejā] are the consorts of the Bhairavas presiding over the sonic energies of the thirty-two syllables of her Vidyā.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahāteja (महातेज).—(s) (1) name of an ancient king: Mahāvastu ii.146.19 (°jo, n. sg.); (2) name of a garuḍa prince: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 5.4 (°jasā, inst.); (3) name of a Bodhisattva: Gaṇḍavyūha 2.20 (°jasā).

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

Mahāteja (महातेज):—[=mahā-teja] [from mahā > mah] mfn. (mc.) = next mfn., [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Mahateja 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahātēja (ಮಹಾತೇಜ):—

1) [adjective] very bright, lusterous or brilliant.

2) [adjective] very brave, courageious.

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Mahātēja (ಮಹಾತೇಜ):—

1) [noun] fire.

2) [noun] mercury, a metallic chemical element.

3) [noun] great brightness, lustre.

4) [noun] a very brave, courageous man.

5) [noun] Ṣaṇmukha, the sun of Śiva.

6) [noun] Viṣṇu.

7) [noun] Śiva.

8) [noun] the castor seed plant (Ricinus communis of Euphorbiaceae family).

9) [noun] the plant Plumbago zeylanica of Plumbaginaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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