Medhas: 6 definitions


Medhas 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: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Medhas (मेधस्).—One of the ten sons of Priyavrata, who was a son of Svāyambhuva Manu, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Svāyambhuva Manu was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Medhas (मेधस्).—[-medhas], a substitute for medhā, when latter part of a comp. adj.; e. g. alpa-, Having little understanding, [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 92. dus-, Stupid, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 25, 11. parama-dus-, adj. Most stupid, [Pañcatantra] 3, 12. su-, I. adj. Intelligent. Ii. m. Heart pea.

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

Medhas (मेधस्).—1. [neuter] sacrifice.

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Medhas (मेधस्).—2. [adjective] intelligent, wise; —° intelligence, wisdom.

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

1) Medhas (मेधस्):—[from medh] n. = medha, a sacrifice, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a son of Manu Svāyambhuva, [Harivaṃśa]

3) [v.s. ...] of son of Priya-vrata ([varia lectio] medha), [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) = medhā, intelligence, knowledge, understanding.

[Sanskrit to German]

Medhas 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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