Mauna: 13 definitions



Mauna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Maun.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mauna (मौन) or Maunatapasya refers to the “penance of silence”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.5. Accordingly, as Nārada instructed Sandhyā:—“[...] the whole penance (tapasya) begins with silence (mauna). I shall explain it. Listen. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mauna (मौन).—Eleven of them ruled as kings, (18 kings, Vāyu-purāṇa.); for three centuries, while the total reign of Ābhīras, Gardabhins, Kankas, Yavanas, Turuṣkas and Guruṇḍas amounted to 1099 (1009 Viṣṇu-purāṇa) years. Thereafter came the Maunas.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 30-32; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 173-7; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 360; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 53-54.
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

māūna (माऊन).—n A purgative drug, Mana.

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mauna (मौन).—n (S) Silence. 2 Taciturnity.

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mauna (मौन).—a S Dumb or silent.

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

mauna (मौन).—a Silent or dumb.

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mauna (मौन).—n Silence; taciturnity.

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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

Mauna (मौन).—[munerbhāvaḥ aṇ]

1) Silence, taciturnity; विभूषणं मौनमपण्डितानाम् (vibhūṣaṇaṃ maunamapaṇḍitānām) Bh.2.7; मौनं सर्वार्थसाधनम् (maunaṃ sarvārthasādhanam) 'open your lips'; मौनं समाचर (maunaṃ samācara) 'hold your tongue'.

2) The unblooming state (apraphullībhāva); गुञ्जति मञ्जु मिलिन्दे मा मालति मौनमुपयासीः (guñjati mañju milinde mā mālati maunamupayāsīḥ) Bv.1.19.

Derivable forms: maunam (मौनम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mauna (मौन).—[, read maula, q.v., Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 16.14.]

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

Mauna (मौन).—n.

(-naṃ) Silence, taciturnity. E. muni a sage, (who practises,) aṇ aff.

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

Mauna (मौन).—i. e. muni + a, n. Silence, taciturnity, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 134, M.M.; [Pañcatantra] iv. [distich] 51.

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

Mauna (मौन).—[neuter] the condition of a Muni or holy sage; silence.

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

1) Mauna (मौन):—m. ([from] muni) a [patronymic] [Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

2) [plural] Name of a dynasty, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

3) n. the office or position of a Muni or holy sage, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata]

4) silence, taciturnity, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata etc.] (maunaṃ with √kṛ, or vi-√dhā or sam-ā-√car, to observe silence, hold one’s tongue).

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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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