Majja, aka: Majjā; 9 Definition(s)


Majja 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Majjā (मज्जा) refers to the “solidified fatty substance within the skull”, referred to as one of the twelve ‘excretions’ (or, ‘impurities’) of human beings. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 5.133)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Majjā (मज्जा):—Sanskrit word for ‘marrow’. It is associated with Kanda, which is the sixth seat of the Svādhiṣṭhāna-chakra, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Majjā (मज्जा).—A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 90.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Majjā (marrow) is a medical term used in Ayurveda.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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majja : (nt.) an intoxicant.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Majja, (nt.) (fr. mad, cp. Vedic mada & madya) 1. intoxicant, intoxicating drink, wine, spirits Vin. I, 205; D. III, 62, 63; Sn. 398 (+pāna=majjapāna); VvA. 73 (=surā ca merayañ ca); Sdhp. 267.—2. drinking place J. IV, 223 (=pān’āgāra).

—pa one who drinks strong drink, a drunkard A. IV, 261; Sn. 400; Pv IV. 176 (a°); ThA. 38. —pāna drinking of intoxicating liquors Vv 158; VvA. 73; Sdhp. 87. —pāyaka=majjapa J. II, 192 (a°). —pāyin=°pāyaka Sdhp. 88. —vikkaya sale of spirits J. IV, 115. (Page 514)

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

majjā (मज्जा).—f S Marrow of the bones or flesh. 2 Pith or sap of plants.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

majjā (मज्जा).—f Marrow of the bones, &c. Pith of points.

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

Majjā (मज्जा).—[masj-ac ṭāp]

1) The marrow of the bones and flesh.

2) The pith of plants.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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