Medhavi, Medhāvī: 4 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Medhāvī (मेधावी).—General information. A fierce sage. His father was a sage known as Bāladhi. For a very long time Bāladhi had no children and so, griefstricken, Bāladhi did penance and Medhāvī was born as a result of his penance. Even from boyhood the child showed wonderful powers of grasping things and so he was named Medhāvī. (Chapter 135, Vana Parva). How Medhāvī cursed a nymph. One day in spring, Mañjughoṣā (Śucismitā), a nymph, was playing with other companions in the Caitrarathodyāna. Medhāvī was doing penance in a place nearby and Mañjughoṣā fell in love with the sage and she went near him and made love to him by dance and music. Medhāvī was attracted by her and the sage accepted her advances and lived with her for a long time.

One day Mañjughoṣā sought permission to go to Devaloka. "Wait till daybreak" said the sage. When it was morning the nymph renewed her request and the sage said "Wait till I finish my evening prayers." Hearing this Śucismitā said "Oh, best of brahmins, how many mornings and evenings have gone by this time! Fiftyfive years nine months and three days have gone by since we started living together". The sage then counted the years and found she was correct. The astounding fact that his penance had such a long break made the sage angry and he cursed her and made her into an evil spirit. She begged for pardon and the sage said "If you observe with fasting the Caitrakṛṣṇaikādaśī called Pāpamocinī it will absolve you of all sins and give you release from the curse". (Chapter 48, Part 4, Padma Purāṇa). In Ṛgveda. The Aśvinīdevas once gave rice to this sage. (Sūkta 117, Anuvāka 17, Maṇḍala 1, Ṛgveda). (See full article at Story of Medhāvī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Medhāvī (मेधावी).—A brahmin boy. This child once gave Tattvopadeśa to his father. (The philosophy that the human soul or material world is identical with the supreme spirit pervading the universe). Chapter 377, Śānti Parva).

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Medhavi (मेधवी): Son of Sage Baladhi who desired that his son should live as long as a certain mountain lasted. Filled with conceit, Medhavi angered Dhanushaksha who killed him by taking on the form of a bull and butting the mountain until it was broken to pieces.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

medhāvī : (m.) the wise.

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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

mēdhāvī (मेधावी).—a masc S (-vinī fem -vi neut) Quick of understanding; of ready apprehension or conception.

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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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