Mahatmya, aka: Māhātmya; 5 Definition(s)


Mahatmya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Māhātmya (माहात्म्य).—The term māhātmya, which can be translated as “glory” or “greatness”, is also a term for a text genre. Bailey explains this genre in the Purāṇas in the following: “Māhātmya can best be paraphrased as the exaltation of the greatness of a particular place, ritual or implement charged with religious power.”

Source: CORE: The appearance of the liṅga
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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māhātmya (माहात्म्य).—n (S) Greatness, grandeur, glory, illustriousness, majesty. 2 A narration of heroic or marvelous deeds; a legend, a romance, an epic. 3 A sort of religious calendar or view of the months; an account of the acts of merit appropriate and of the degrees of meritoriousness arising. Thus each of the twelve months has a māhātmya. 4 The name of a Puran̤.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

māhātmya (माहात्म्य).—n Greatness, glory. A legend.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Mahatmya in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

Māhātmya (माहात्म्य).—[mahātmano bhāvaḥ ṣyañ]

1) Magnanimity, noblemindedness, greatness; गङ्गा च यस्या विदुर्माहात्म्यम् (gaṅgā ca yasyā vidurmāhātmyam) U.4.5.

2) Majesty, dignity, exalted position; अजानन्माहात्म्यं पततु शलभो दीपदहने (ajānanmāhātmyaṃ patatu śalabho dīpadahane) Bh.

3) The peculiar virtue of any divinity or sacred shrine; or a work giving an account of the merits of such divinities or shrines; as देवीमाहात्म्य, शनिमाहात्म्य (devīmāhātmya, śanimāhātmya) &c.

4) Largeness, hugeness; ते दृष्ट्वा देहमाहात्म्यं कुम्भकर्णोऽयमुत्थितः । भयार्ता वानराः (te dṛṣṭvā dehamāhātmyaṃ kumbhakarṇo'yamutthitaḥ | bhayārtā vānarāḥ) Rām.6.71.7.

Derivable forms: māhātmyam (माहात्म्यम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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