Mahiyas, Mahīyas: 6 definitions



Mahiyas 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahīyas (महीयस्) refers to the “greatest” and is used to describe Śiva, according the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] obeisance, obeisance to one who is omni-formed and the plentiful; obeisance to Nīla, Nīlarudra, Kadrudra and Pracetas. Obeisance to the most bounteous lord who is pervaded by rays, who is the greatest (i.e., Mahīyas), and the destroyer of the enemies of the gods”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahīyas (महीयस्).—a. Greater, larger, more powerful or weighty or important, mightier, stronger (compar. of mahat q. v.). -m. A great or nobleminded man; अणोरणीयान् महतो महीयान् (aṇoraṇīyān mahato mahīyān) Kaṭh.1.2.2; प्रकृतिः खलु सा महीयसः सहते नान्यसमुन्नतिं यया (prakṛtiḥ khalu sā mahīyasaḥ sahate nānyasamunnatiṃ yayā) Ki.2.21; Śi.2.13.

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

Mahīyas (महीयस्).—mfn.

(-yān-yasī-yaḥ) Greatest, very great. E. mahat great, īyasun aff.

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

Mahīyas (महीयस्):—[from mah] mfn. greater, mightier, stronger (or, ‘very great, v° mighty etc.’), [Upaniṣad; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.] (with hāsa m. very loud laughter; with kula n. a very noble family).

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

Mahīyas (महीयस्):—[(yān-yasī-yaḥ) a.] Very great.

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

Mahīyas (महीयस्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mahia.

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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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