Mahika, aka: Mahikā, Māhika; 7 Definition(s)


Mahika means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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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Māhika (माहिक).—A place of habitation of ancient India. (Śloka 46, Chapter 9, Bhīṣma Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Mahikā (महिका, “frosty”) refers to one of the “twenty form objects” (rūpa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 34). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., mahikā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mahikā : (f.) the frost.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Mahikā, (f.) (cp. *Sk. mahikā) fog, frost, cold (=himaṃ DhsA. 317) Vin. II, 295=Miln. 273; Sn. 669; Miln. 299; VvA. 134 (fog).—As mahiyā at A. II, 53. (Page 527)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahikā (महिका).—

1) Frost, mist.

2) The earth.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahikā (महिका).—(Sanskrit mahikā, cold, in °kāṃśu: compare mihikā, mist, Schmidt, Nachträge; Pali mahikā, AMg. mahiyā, defined in both mgs.), mist, fog: Mvy 1872 = Tibetan khug rna; 7158 = Tibetan na bun rmugs pa; Dharmas 34.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahikā (महिका).—f.

(-kā) Frost, mist. E. mah to worship, aff. kvan, fem. form; more commonly mihikā .

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