Mahattva: 10 definitions

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Mahattva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Mahattva (महत्त्व) refers to “eminent (men)”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the sun and moon should begin to be eclipsed when only half risen, deceitful men will suffer as well as sacrificial rites. [...] If the sun and moon should be eclipsed when in the sign of Aries (Meṣa), the Pāñcālas, the Kaliṅgas, the Sūrasenas, the people of Kāmboja, of Odra, of Kirāta, soldiers and persons who live by fire will be afflicted with miseries. If the sun or moon should be eclipsed when in the sign of Taurus (Vṛṣabha), shepherds, cows, their owners and eminent men [i.e., mahattvamanujā ye ca mahattvam] will suffer miseries”.

Jyotisha book cover
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

mahattva (महत्त्व).—n Greatness.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahattva (महत्त्व).—

1) Greatness, largeness, magnitude, great extent.

2) Mightiness, majesty.

3) Importance.

4) Exalted position, height, elevation.

5) Intensity, violence, high degree.

Derivable forms: mahattvam (महत्त्वम्).

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

Mahattva (महत्त्व).—n.

(-ttvaṃ) Greatness, either in bulk or rank. E. mahat great, tva aff. of the abstract.

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

Mahattva (महत्त्व).—i. e. mahant + tva, n. Greatness, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 254; finite magnitude (as found in the trasareṇu), Bhāṣāp. 57.

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

1) Mahattva (महत्त्व):—[=mahat-tva] [from mahat > mah] n. idem, [Kāvya literature; Varāha-mihira]

2) [v.s. ...] great size or extent, magnitude, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] violence, intensity, [Suśruta]

4) [v.s. ...] moral greatness, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Mahattva 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mahattva (महत्त्व):—(nm) importance; significance; greatness; magnitude.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahattva (ಮಹತ್ತ್ವ):—

1) [noun] greatness; superiority; excellence.

2) [noun] the quality of being able to perform; ability.

3) [noun] the quality or fact of being important; importance.

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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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