Mankha, Maṅkha: 9 definitions



Mankha 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: Tantric elements in Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī

Maṅkha (मङ्ख), a ḍāmara, searches dead bodies like a kāpālika and gratifies himself with the objects found upon them. Lorenzen (The Kāpālikas and the Kālāmukhas, p. 66) takes the word kāpālika here to denote a skull-bearer, but Stein remarks in a note that it is probably used in the sense of ‘attendant at the burning ground,’ who obtains the clothes and other possessions of the dead person before burning the body. (See Rājataraṅgiṇī verse 8.995)

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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

Maṅkha (मङ्ख).—

1) A royal bard.

2) A medicament of a particular class.

3) Name of a lexicographer.

Derivable forms: maṅkhaḥ (मङ्खः).

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

Maṅkha (मङ्ख).—m.

(-ṅkhaḥ) 1. A royal bard. 2. A mendicant of a particular order. E. makhi to go, ac aff.

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

Maṅkha (मङ्ख).—[masculine] a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Maṅkha (मङ्ख) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Viśvāvarta, grandson of Manmatha, brother of Śṛṅgāra, Bhṛṅga and Alaṃkāra (between 1135-45): Alaṃkārasarvasva. Maṅkhakośa. Report. Xxii. Śrīkaṇṭhacarita. Verses of his are given in [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva]

Maṅkha has the following synonyms: Maṅkhaka.

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

1) Maṅkha (मङ्ख):—m. = magadha, a royal bard or panegyrist, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) a mendicant of a [particular] order, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) Name of a man, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

4) of a lexicographer (-kośa m. his work).

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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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