Mahita, Mahitā: 11 definitions

Introduction

Mahita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Mahitā (महिता) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Skhalita in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Mahitā (महिता) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.20). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mahitā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mahita : (pp. of mahati) honoured; revered.

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

Mahita, (pp. of mahati or mahīyati) honoured, revered M. II, 110; Miln. 278; Sdhp. 276. (Page 527)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

māhīta (माहीत).—f unc ( A) Acquaintance or conversancy with (a branch of knowledge, matters, places).

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māhīta (माहीत).—a ( A) Known or familiar to. 2 unc Knowing, acquainted or familiar with.

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

māhīta (माहीत).—f Acquaintance with. a Known to.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahita (महित).—p. p. Honoured, worshipped, esteemed, revered; see मह् (mah); रम्या सा रोमराजिर्महितरुचिमती (ramyā sā romarājirmahitarucimatī) Viṣṇupāda. S. 26.

-tam the trident of Śiva.

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

Mahita (महित).—name of a devaputra: Lalitavistara 4.12 (= Tibetan mchad byas, honored); 6.13; 7.5; 438.16.

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

Mahita (महित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Proper, right. 2. Worshipped, reverenced, &c. n.

(-taṃ) The trident of Siva. E. mah to worship, aff. kta .

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

Mahita (महित).—[adjective] honoured, celebrated, highly esteemed by ([genetive] or —°).

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Mahitā (महिता).—[feminine] mahitva & mahitvana [neuter] greatness, might.

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

1) Mahitā (महिता):—[=mahi-tā] [from mahi > mah] 1. mahi-tā f. (for 2. See p. 803, col. 1) greatness, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [=mahi-tā] [from mahi > mah] 2. mahi-tā f. (for 1. See p. 802, col. 3) festivity, [Nalôd.]

3) Mahita (महित):—[from mah] a mfn. honoured, celebrated etc., [Inscriptions; Kāvya literature]

4) [v.s. ...] proper, right, [Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] m. ([scilicet] gaṇa) a class of deceased ancestors, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a Deva-putra, [Lalita-vistara]

7) [v.s. ...] of Kailāsa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] of a man [gana] gargādi

9) Mahitā (महिता):—[from mahita > mah] a f. Name of a river, [Mahābhārata] ([Viṣṇu-purāṇa] ahitā)

10) Mahita (महित):—[from mah] n. the trident of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) b mahin etc. See [column]1.

12) Māhita (माहित):—[from māhitya] mfn. ([from] [preceding]) [gana] kaṇvādi.

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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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