Matamaha, Mātāmaha: 14 definitions


Matamaha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Matamah.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Matamaha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mātāmaha (मातामह) refers to “maternal grandfather”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.12 (“The story of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Skanda said to the Gods: “All of you mountains will become worthy of being worshipped by the sages and resorted to by persons following the paths of action and knowledge. O mountains, at my word you will be assuming the forms of phallic emblems, the special forms of Śiva. There is no doubt about it. My maternal grandfather (mātāmaha), the excellent mountain Himavat, will become the fortunate bestower of fruits to ascetics. [...]”.

Purana book cover
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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

[«previous next»] — Matamaha in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mātāmaha : (m.) mother's father.

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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

mātāmaha (मातामह).—m S A maternal grandfather.

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

mātāmaha (मातामह).—m A maternal grandfather.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mātāmaha (मातामह).—A maternal grandfather.

-hau (dual) The maternal grand-father and grand-mother.

-hī The maternal grand-mother.

Derivable forms: mātāmahaḥ (मातामहः).

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

Mātāmaha (मातामह).—m.

(-haḥ) A maternal grandfather. f. (-hī) A maternal grandmother. E. mātṛ a mother, ḍāmahac aff. in this sense.

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

Mātāmaha (मातामह).—[mātā-maha] (mātā, nom. sing. of mātṛ), 1. m. A maternal grandfather, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 101. 2. f. hi, A maternal grandmother, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 289.

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

Mātāmaha (मातामह).—[masculine] ī [feminine] maternal grandfather and grandmother; [dual] maternal grandparents.

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

1) Mātāmaha (मातामह):—[=mātā-maha] [from mātā > mātṛ] m. ([Pāṇini 4-2, 35], [vArttika] 2, [Patañjali]) a maternal grandfather, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] ([dual number]) mat° grandparents, [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra]

3) [v.s. ...] ([plural]) a mother’s father, grandfather, and ancestors, [Yājñavalkya]

4) [=mātā-maha] [from mātā > mātṛ] mf(ī)n. related or belonging to a mat° grandfather, [Rāmāyaṇa; Harivaṃśa] (also hīya mfn., [Harivaṃśa [Scholiast or Commentator]])

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

Mātāmaha (मातामह):—[mātā+maha] (haḥ) 1. m. A maternal grandfather. f. () Grand-mother.

[Sanskrit to German]

Matamaha in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Matamaha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mātāmaha (मातामह) [Also spelled matamah]:—(nm) maternal grandfather, mother’s father; ~[] maternal grandmother, mother’s mother.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mātāmaha (ಮಾತಾಮಹ):—[noun] one’s mother’s father; a maternal grand-father.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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