Mahatejas, Mahātejas, Maha-tejas: 13 definitions

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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahatejas in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Mahātejas (महातेजस्) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Śaṅkukarṇa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (e.g., Mahātejas) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)

Mahātejas (महातेजस्) refers to “one who is very powerful” and is used to describe Svacchanda, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult. Accordingly, “O goddess, Svacchanda is in the middle, within the abode of the triangle. Very powerful [i.e., mahātejas], he has five faces with three times five flaming eyes. He has ten arms and, very fierce, is adorned with many garlands, ornaments, necklaces and anklets. He has beautiful matted hair and the half moon is his crest jewel. O beloved, the face in the east is white like cow’s milk, it shines brilliant white. Generating great energy, contemplate it thus. One should think that the northern face is like the young rising sun, the form of a pomegranate flower and (red) like a Bandhūka”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahatejas in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mahātejas (महातेजस्).—A warrior of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 70).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Mahātejas (महातेजस्) refers to “excessively brilliant” and is used as an epithet for Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.37. Accordingly:—“[...] Vīrabhadra took up all the great miraculous weapons for his fight with Viṣṇu and roared like a lion. [...] Then Viṣṇu, the slayer of enemies and who was excessively brilliant [viz., mahātejas], hurled his discus and fought with them. The discus seemed to burn the ten directions. Kṣetrapāla saw the discus coming on. He ran to the place and bravely caught hold of it”.

2) Mahātejas (महातेजस्) refers to “great splendour” and is used to describe Himavat, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.1.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] O sage Nārada, you listen to the story of the origin of Pārvatī’s mother and her marriage and other details both sanctifying and conducive to the growth of devotion. O excellent sage, there in the northern region is a mountain called Himavat who is the lord of mountains and has great splendour (i.e., mahātejas) and prosperity”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Mahatejas in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahātejas (महातेजस्) refers to “great energy”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “[...]  You have a third form which is present (in the Transmission of) the Youth and ends with (that of) the Aged. You will be in a form that can be contemplated by means of this very form. Consisting of great energy [i.e., mahātejas-mayī] and, inflammed, it blazes with incomparable qualities. O mother of Kula, it illumines the great meditation within the body. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahatejas in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahātejas (महातेजस्).—a.

1) possessed of great lustre or splendour.

2) very vigorous or powerful, heroic. (-m.)

1) a hero, warrior.

2) fire.

3) an epithet of Kārtikeya. (-n.) quick-silver.

Mahātejas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and tejas (तेजस्).

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

Mahātejas (महातेजस्).—mfn.

(-jāḥ-jāḥ-jaḥ) 1. Very bright. 2. Very energetic or vigorous. m.

(-jāḥ) 1. A name of Kartikeya. 2. Agni, the deity of fire. 3. A hero, a demi-god. n.

(-kṣṇaṃ) Quicksilver. E. mahā great, and tejas light or glory, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahātejas (महातेजस्).—I adj. 1. very bright. 2. very vigorous. Ii. m. 1. fire. 2. a name of the god of war. 3. a demigod. Brahmatejas, i. e.

Mahātejas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and tejas (तेजस्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahātejas (महातेजस्).—[adjective] possessing great fire or lustre; glorious, mighty.

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

1) Mahātejas (महातेजस्):—[=mahā-tejas] [from mahā > mah] mfn. of great splendour, full of fire, of gr° majesty (said of gods and men), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a hero, demigod, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] fire, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of Skanda, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] of Su-brahmaṇya, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] of a warrior, [Catalogue(s)]

7) [v.s. ...] of a king of the Garuḍas, [Buddhist literature]

8) [v.s. ...] n. quicksilver, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahātejas (महातेजस्):—[mahā-tejas] (jāḥ) 5. m. Kartikeya, or Agni; a hero. a. Very bright.

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