Mahavaraha, Mahavarāha, Mahāvarāha, Maha-varaha: 10 definitions

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Mahavaraha 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)

[«previous next»] — Mahavaraha in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahavarāha (महवराह).—An account of, in the varāha purāṇa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 53. 39.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Mahavaraha in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mahāvarāha (महावराह) is the name of a king from Śūrapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly as Gomukha said in the presence of Naravāhanadatta, Alaṅkāravatī and Aśokamālā: “... there is on the earth a city rightly named Śūrapura, and in it there lived a king named Mahāvarāha, the destroyer of his foes. That king had a daughter named Anaṅgarati, born to him by his wife Padmarati, owing to his having propitiated Gaurī; and he had no other children”.

The story of Mahāvarāha was told by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “divine beings fall by virtue of a curse, and, owing to the consequences of their own wickedness, are incarnate in the world of men, and after reaping the fruit appropriate to their bad conduct they again go to their own home on account of previously acquired merit”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahāvarāha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāvarāha (महावराह).—'the great boar', an epithet of Viṣṇu in his third or boar incarnation.

Derivable forms: mahāvarāhaḥ (महावराहः).

Mahāvarāha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and varāha (वराह).

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

Mahāvarāha (महावराह).—m.

(-haḥ) Vishnu in his boar-incarnation. E. mahā, varāha a boar.

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

Mahāvarāha (महावराह).—and

Mahāvarāha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and varāha (वराह).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahāvārāha (महावाराह) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—A work quoted in Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha Oxf. 247^a.

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

1) Mahāvarāha (महावराह):—[=mahā-varāha] [from mahā > mah] m. ‘great boar’, Name of Viṣṇu in his boar incarnation, [Raghuvaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] of a [work] (cf. -vārāha).

4) Mahāvārāha (महावाराह):—[=mahā-vārāha] [from mahā > mah] m. Name of [work] (cf. -varāha).

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

Mahāvarāha (महावराह):—[mahā-varāha] (haḥ) 1. m. Boar incarnation.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahāvarāha (महावराह):—m.

1) der grosse Eber , Bez. Viṣṇu’s in seiner Verkörperung als Eber [Raghuvaṃśa 7,53.] —

2) Titel eines Werkes ; vgl. mahāvārāha. —

3) Nomen proprium eines Fürsten.

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Mahāvārāha (महावाराह):—m. Titel eines Werkes ; vgl. mahāvarāha 2)

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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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