Mahotsava, aka: Maha-utsava; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Mahotsava (महोत्सव) refers to periodical pūjā or Parārthapūjā as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Brahmotsava or Mahotsava that is a large-scale festival celebrated every year at all Śiva temples, involving flag hoisting and daily ritual procession of the Lord in the morning and evening in various forms and vāhanas, ending with lowering the flag. Mahotsava is hailed as a democratic, social festival with the participation and contribution of people from all walks of life including decoraters, traders, craftsmen, tailors, flower-sellers, singers, musicians, artists, carpenters, public speakers, other performers and so on.

The mahotsava is considered the culmination of the entire year’s worship at the temple. The Lord and his retinue come out of the temple to bless the entire village. Each year, the nakṣatra, month, tithi and other parameters must be analyzed well before time and the utsava schedule fixed according to the day of the tīrtha. The mahotsava must be conducted for 27 days, 18 days, 9 days or at least one day. If mahotsava is not performed, it causes great harm to the king and kingdom.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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mahōtsava (महोत्सव).—m (S) mahōtsāha m (S) Any great festival or great rejoicings.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mahōtsava (महोत्सव).—m Any great festival or great rejoicings.

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

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Mahotsava (महोत्सव).—

1) a great festival or occasion of joy; नयनविषयं जन्मन्येकः स एव महोत्सवः (nayanaviṣayaṃ janmanyekaḥ sa eva mahotsavaḥ) Māl.1.36.

2) the god of love.

Derivable forms: mahotsavaḥ (महोत्सवः).

Mahotsava is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and utsava (उत्सव).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahotsava (महोत्सव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. A great festival. 2. Kama. E. mahā, and utsava a festival.

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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