Mahimana, Mahimāna, Mahīmāna: 3 definitions

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1) Mahīmāna (महीमान) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Mahīmāna proceeds as follows: This festival is celebrated on three days—8th, 9th and 10th of the dark half of Phālguṇa. On the 8th, Sītā—the wife of Rāma—is worshipped with caru and cakes; on the 9th, the goddess Karīṣiṇī is worshipped and the Brāhmaṇas are fed; on the 10th, the Brāhmaṇas, the friends and the subordinates are feasted and the musical concerts are attended.

Rāma as an incarnation of Viṣṇu is also mentioned but quite surprising is the absence of any reference to his birthday festival and his worship. As in the Brahma Purāṇa, quoted in the Kṛtyakalpataru, there is reference to Sītā and Karīṣiṇī only, with no mention of Rāma in connection with the description of this [Mahīmāna] festival, it seems that some redactor of the Nīlamata confused Sītā—the goddess of agriculture—with Sītā—the wife of Rāma—and so mentioned Rāma, incarnation of Viṣṇu, but as the cult of Rāma was not at that time very popular in Kaśmīra, the worship of Rāma could not find place in the description of the festival.

2) (Second) Mahīmāna:—Continuing for three days—8th, 9th and 10th of the bright half of Phālguṇa—this festival comprises these rites: Fast during the day and placing of oil-lamps on the snow on the evening of the 8th; decoration of the houses and the temples, worship of the goddess Sītā, special feasting, singing, dancing and prohibition regarding giving of gifts except the cooked food on the 9th and decoration of the self, drinking of wine and other drinks and sporting of men with the ladies on the 10th.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahimāna (महिमान).—n (Poetry. mahimā S) Greatness, lit. fig., grandeur, glory, majesty. Ex. nēṇatā bhaktīcēṃ ma0; also kaisēṃ mērūcēṃ ma0.

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mahimāna (महिमान).—m (Better mēhamāna, from P) A guest or stranger. 2 A sojourning cultivator.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

mahimāna (महिमान).—

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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