Mahidurga, Mahi-durga, Mahīdurga: 7 definitions



Mahidurga 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग) refers to type of “fort”, characterised as being surrounded by stone or bricks. It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti.

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग) is the ‘fort made of bricks and stones on the ground’;—some people explain it as a fort consisting only of an unevenly rugged tract of land;—the ‘Mahīdurga’ has been thus defined in Auśanasa Dhanurveda—“That fort is called Mahīdurga which consists of a tract of land, portions of which are very high and others very low; it is equipped with all accessories, well guarded and filled with all means of offence and defence”. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 7.70)

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग).—One of six kinds of fortresses.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 217. 6.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग).—an earth fort; Ms. 7.7.

Derivable forms: mahīdurgam (महीदुर्गम्).

Mahīdurga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahī and durga (दुर्ग).

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

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग).—[neuter] earth-fortress.

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

1) Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग):—[=mahī-durga] [from mahī > mah] mfn. inaccessible through (the nature of) the soil

2) [v.s. ...] n. a fort inaccessible etc., [Manu-smṛti vii, 70] (others ‘a fort built of earth’).

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Mahīdurga (महीदुर्ग):—Adj. durch die Beschaffenheit des Bodens schwer zugänglich ; n. ein solcher Ort [Mānavadharmaśāstra. 7,70.] [Mahābhārata 12,86,5.]

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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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