Mayadhara, Māyādhara, Maya-dhara: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Māyādhara (मायाधर) is the name of the king of the Asuras, who was slain during a war between the Dānavas and Indra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Māyādhara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Māyādhara (मायाधर).—An asura. Indra got down Purūravas to fight against this demon who was always giving trouble to the devas. Purūravas killed Māyādhara in a battle. The day the demon was killed Indra gave a banquet in honour of Purūravas. After the banquet there was a dance performance by Rambhā and as she was dancing before Ācārya Tumburu, Purūravas openly criticised Rambhā for the mistake in dancing she committed then. Tumburu did not relish it and he cursed Purūravas saying that Purūravas would bear a separation from his wife Urvaśī. It was because of this curse that Urvaśī was once carried away from the palace of Purūravas by the Gandharvas. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Taraṅga 3, Lāvāṇakalambaka).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Māyādhara (मायाधर) refers to the Servant (kiṃkara) associated with Jālandhara, one of the eight Sacred Seats (pīṭha), according to the Yogakhaṇḍa (chapter 14) of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mayadhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Māyādhara (मायाधर).—a. deceitful, illusive.

Māyādhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms māyā and dhara (धर).

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

Māyādhara (मायाधर).—[māyā-dhara], adj. Deceitful, disguised, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 49, 17.

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Māyādhara (मायाधर).—adj. fraudulent, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 49, 17.

Māyādhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms māyā and dhara (धर).

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

Māyādhara (मायाधर).—[adjective] skilled in magic.

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

1) Māyādhara (मायाधर):—[=māyā-dhara] [from māyā > māya] mfn. possessing illusion, skilled in magic, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king of the Asuras, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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