Maheccha, Mahecchā, Maha-iccha: 9 definitions


Maheccha 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 Mahechchha.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Maheccha (महेच्छ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.29.6) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Maheccha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mahecchā (महेच्छा) refers to the “great (energy of) will”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “O you who reside at the End of the Eighteen! (You are) also beyond the state of the Transmental. You are Śāmbhavī who awakens Śambhu. O you who are the great (energies of) will, action and knowledge [i.e., mahecchā-kriyā-jñāna]—(you are the parts, goddesses and energies of the Triangle, that is) the straight line, the coiled one (kuṇḍalī), the one called Vāmā; the Raudrī of the universe, you are Śivā and are called Ambikā. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Maheccha (महेच्छ).—a.

1) magnanimous, noble-minded, high-souled, noble; मही महेच्छः परिकीर्य सूनौ (mahī mahecchaḥ parikīrya sūnau) R.18.33.

2) having lofty aims or aspirations, ambitious; विद्यावतां महेच्छानां (vidyāvatāṃ mahecchānāṃ) ...... नाश्रयः पार्थिवं विना (nāśrayaḥ pārthivaṃ vinā) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.37.

Maheccha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and iccha (इच्छ).

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

Maheccha (महेच्छ).—mfn.

(-cchaḥ-cchā-cchaṃ) Liberal, magnanimous, high-minded. E. mahā great, and icchā wise or design.

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

1) Maheccha (महेच्छ):—[from mahā > mah] a mfn. having high aims, magnanimous, ambitious, [Raghuvaṃśa; Pañcatantra]

2) b etc. See p. 802, col. 1.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Maheccha (महेच्छ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Mahiccha, Mahicchā.

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Maheccha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mahēccha (ಮಹೇಚ್ಛ):—

1) [adjective] generous; magnanimous; liberal.

2) [adjective] noble; exalted; dignified.

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Mahēccha (ಮಹೇಚ್ಛ):—

1) [noun] a generous, magnanimous, liberal-minded man.

2) [noun] a noble, dignified man.

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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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