Mahendri, Māhendrī: 4 definitions

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Mahendri 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)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Māhendrī (माहेन्द्री).—See Amarāvatī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 30.

1b) A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 7; 36. 58.
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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: Sreenivasarao's blog: Saptamatrka (part 4)

Mahendri or Indrani refers to one of the seven mother-like goddesses (Matrika).—The Matrikas emerge as shaktis from out of the bodies of the gods: Indrani from Indra. The order of the Saptamatrka usually begins with Brahmi symbolizing creation. Then, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Kaumari and Varahi. Then, Indrani is the sovereignty intolerant of opposition and disorder.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: academia.edu: Yakṣiṇī-sādhana in the Kakṣapuṭa tantra

Māhendrī (माहेन्द्री) or Aindrī is the name of one of the thirty-two Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra. In the yakṣiṇī-sādhana, the Yakṣiṇī is regarded as the guardian spirit who provides worldly benefits to the practitioner. The Yakṣiṇī (e.g., Māhendrī) provides, inter alia, daily food, clothing and money, tells the future, and bestows a long life, but she seldom becomes a partner in sexual practices.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Mahendrī (महेन्द्री):—[from mahendra > mahā > mah] f. a species of plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Māhendrī (माहेन्द्री):—[from māhendra > māhā] f. (with or [scilicet] diś or āśā) the east, [Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

3) [v.s. ...] the Consort or Energy of Indra (one of the seven divine Mātṛs and one of the Mātṛs of Skanda), [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] a [particular] Iṣṭi, [Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

5) [v.s. ...] a large banana, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a cow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. māheyī)

7) [v.s. ...] [plural] ([scilicet] ṛcas) Name of [particular] verses in praise of Indra, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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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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