Mahiman, Mahimān: 14 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Mahimān (महिमान्).—An Āditya. Bhāgavata 6th Skandha says that Mahimān was the son of Bhaga by Siddhi.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mahimān (महिमान्).—A son of Bhaga and Siddhī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 2.

1b) A son of Āyu Agni; also Śāvan.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 37.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (Shaivism)

Mahiman (महिमन्) or Śivamahiman refers to “Śiva’s greatness”, according to Appaya’s Śivārkamaṇidīpikā on the Brahmasūtra 2.2.38.—Appaya does not seem willing to ascribe full ‘vedicness’ to Śaivāgamas, as is clear from the following passage in his subcommentary on the same sūtra: “So it is concluded that the Śaivāgamas follow śruti with regard to the various ways of performing [Śiva’s] worship and Śiva’s greatness [i.e., śiva-mahiman]—both [features] not being taught in directly perceivable śruti [i.e. the Vedic saṃhitās]—just like Kalpasūtras (whose purpose is to expand upon different parts required by the performance of rituals, of which just a few procedures are taught in directly perceivable śruti) follow śruti with regard to various parts not taught in directly perceivable śruti. Therefore, all things taught in the Veda and Śaivāgamas are exactly the same. But the following is the difference: while in [the case of] Kalpasūtras, it is possible to doubt, with regard to those parts that are contradicted by directly perceivable śruti, that the [human] author may have committed an error, such doubt is not possible in the case of āgamas insofar as they have Śiva as their author”.

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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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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Advaita Vedanta)

Mahiman (महिमन्) refers to “greatness”, according to Mādhavavidyāraṇya’s Śaṅkaradigvijaya 5.97.—Accordingly, “I [Śaṅkara] desire to know the basis of Brahman from the great sage Gauḍapāda, [who was] the student of the son of Vyāsa. Because of my devotion to [this] one aim, I have found you [my guru, Govinda,] who is full of all good qualities, who has obtained the supreme truth and whose greatness (mahiman) extends [throughout the land]”.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahiman (महिमन्).—m. [mahat imanic ṭilopaḥ]

1) Greatness (fig. also); अयि मलयज महिमायं कस्य गिरामस्तु विषयस्ते (ayi malayaja mahimāyaṃ kasya girāmastu viṣayaste) Bv.1.11; अधोऽधः पश्यतः कस्य महिमा नोपचीयते (adho'dhaḥ paśyataḥ kasya mahimā nopacīyate) H.2.2.

2) Glory, majesty, might, power; तिसृभिस्त्वमवस्थाभिर्महिमानमुदीरयन् (tisṛbhistvamavasthābhirmahimānamudīrayan) Kumārasambhava 2.6; Uttararāmacarita 4.21.

3) High rank, exalted rank or position, dignity.

4) Personage (vibhūti); महिमान एवैषाम् (mahimāna evaiṣām) Bṛ. Up.3.9.2.

5) One of the 8 Siddhis, the power of increasing size at will; see सिद्धि (siddhi).

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

Mahiman (महिमन्).—m.

(-mā) 1. Greatness in general, literally, or figuratively. 2. Magnitude as one of Siva'S attributes, illimitability. 3. Might, power, glory. 4. High rank. 5. The superhumen power of increasing in bulk at will, considered as one of the eight Siddhis. E. mahat great, imanic aff. of the abstract property.

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

Mahiman (महिमन्).—i. e. mahant + iman, m. Greatness, [Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 2; majesty, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 5; exaltation, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 42, 2.

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

Mahiman (महिमन्).—[masculine] greatness, might, majesty; [instrumental] also as [adverb] greatly, mightily.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mahiman (महिमन्) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a name of Mammaṭa. Keśavamiśra in Alaṃkāraśekhara, Gokulanātha in Śaktiviveka Oxf. 246^a.

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

1) Mahiman (महिमन्):—[from mah] a m. greatness, might, power, majesty, glory, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (himnā ind. or hinā ind. mightily, forcibly, [Ṛg-veda])

2) [v.s. ...] the magical power of increasing size at will, [Vetāla-pañcaviṃśatikā; Pañcarātra] (cf. [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 245])

3) [v.s. ...] magnitude (as one of Śiva’s attributes; mnaḥ stava m. stuti f. stotra n. Name of hymns; cf. mahimastava)

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a man, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

5) [v.s. ...] a Name of Mammaṭa q.v., [Catalogue(s)]

6) [v.s. ...] [dual number] Name of two Grahas at the Aśva-medha sacrifice, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; ???]

7) b etc. See [column]1.

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

Mahiman (महिमन्):—(mā) 5. m. Magnitude as one of Shiva's attributes; greatness.

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

Mahiman (महिमन्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mahima.

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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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