Mahaviracarita, Mahāvīracarita, Mahavira-carita: 6 definitions



Mahaviracarita 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mahaviracharita.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mālatīmādhava of Bhavabhūti

Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित) is a literary work written by Bhavabhūti.—Bhavabhūti has culled the theme of this work from the Rāmāyaṇa with slight variation. It aimed at depicting Rāma’s adventures.This work consists of seven acts and here the life of Rāma is found up to his accession to throne of Ayodhyā. Rāma the hero of this play is an ideal man. He is depicted as the personification of god. He is magnanimous and valiant. He has high regard for the qualities of Jāmadagnya, Vāli and Rāvaṇa and concern for the common man. Here, Bhavabhūti has shown his skill in depicting Sītā as a modest, virtuous and loving woman. A cursory glance on the play suggests that the dramatist has achieved a fair success in characterisation. The predominant sentiment in the Mahāvīracarita is Heroic (vīra) sentiment. Literally, this work has considerable merits. It is a treasure house of idioms of Sanskrit language. The geographical and historical accounts that reflect in the play deserve special attention. 

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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»] — Mahaviracarita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित).—[neuter] T. of a play.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—nāṭaka, by Bhavabhūti. Io. 114. Oxf. 136^a. K. 74. Kāṭm. 7. Rādh. 23. Burnell. 170^a. Bl. 4. Oppert. 589. 662. 914. 1537. 3452. 4155. 6404. 7359. Ii, 837. 966. 1132. 1357. 1645. 2209. 5691. 5982. 6938. 8311. 9076. 9187. Rice. 260. Bühler 554.
—[commentary] Oppert. 2401. 5818. Ii, 8312.
—[commentary] by Ātmārāma. NW. 620.
—[commentary] by Vīrarāghava. Rice. 260.

2) Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित):—nāṭaka, by Bhavabhūti. Bl. 78. Cu. add. 2115 (inc.). Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 67. Io. 114 (1-5). 943. Stein 78.
—[commentary] by Vīrarāghava. Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 61. 67.

3) Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित):—nāṭaka, by Bhavabhūti. Ulwar 1014.

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

Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित):—[=mahā-vīra-carita] [from mahā-vīra > mahā > mah] n. ‘the exploits of the gr° hero (Rāma)’, Name of a celebrated drama by Bhavabhūti, [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 502]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित):—[(ma + ca)] n. das Leben eines grossen Helden (Rāma’s), Titel eines Dramas von Bhavabhūti, [MAHĀVĪRAC. 1, 11.] caritra [WILSON,] [?Th. of the Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi II, 323.]

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

Mahāvīracarita (महावीरचरित):—n. Titel eines Schauspiels.

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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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