Mahayaga, Mahāyāga, Maha-yaga: 2 definitions


Mahayaga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Semantic Scholar: The Brahmayāmalatantra (dissertation)

Mahāyāga (महायाग) refers to the “great yāga” (associated with the eight directional cremation grounds), according to the Brahmayāmalatantra (or Picumata), an early 6th century Śaiva text consisting of twelve-thousand verses.—[Cf. Yāgavidhi]—Many occasional rites (naimittika) and those with special aims (kāmya) utilize the “Great Yāga” (mahāyāga), the extended pantheon as installed in an elaborate maṇḍala. The subject of Brahmayāmala III, the mahāyāga is explicitly contrasted with with the ninefold yāga used in a shrine context. According to a definition in Brahmayāmala XV, the mahāyāga is distinguished by its construction in a cremation ground with a maṇḍala containing eight directional cremation grounds, as delineated in Brahmayāmala III.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahayaga in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mahāyāga : (m.) a great sacrifice.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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