Meghavahana, Meghavāhana, Megha-vahana: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Meghavahana in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन).—A King. He was a dependant of Jarāsandha. (Śloka 13, Chapter 14, Sabhā Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन).—The twenty-second kalpa where Viṣṇu became Meghī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 50.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.13.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Meghavāhana) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Meghavahana in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन) or Ghanavāhana is the son of the Pūrṇamegha (king of Rathanūpura), according to chapter 2.4 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—Accordingly:—“[...] At that time on Mount Vaitāḍhya Sahasraḍrś, recalling with anger his father’s murder, slew Pūrṇamegha, like a Garuḍa a snake. Pūrṇamegha’s son, Ghanavāhana, escaped from him and came to the samavasaraṇa. After he had circumambulated the Blessed One three times and had bowed to him, he sat down at his feet like a traveler at the foot of a tree. [...]”.

2) Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन) (or Meghavana?) is the name of an ancient Vidyādhara-king from Gaganavallabha, according to chapter 5.2 [śāntinātha-caritra].

3) Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन) refers to one of the sons of Rāvaṇa, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of Conquest].—Accordingly, “[...] Then Queen Mandodarī bore a son, Indrajit, having wonderful strength, equal to Indra in splendor. After some time she bore a second son, Meghavāhana, delighting the eyes like a cloud. After they had heard of the hostility between their fathers, Kumbhakarṇa and Bibhīṣaṇa were always attacking Laṅkā ruled over by Vaiśravaṇa. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन).—

1) an epithet of Indra; श्रयति स्म मेघमिव मेघवाहनः (śrayati sma meghamiva meghavāhanaḥ) Śiśupālavadha 13.18.

2) an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: meghavāhanaḥ (मेघवाहनः).

Meghavāhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and vāhana (वाहन).

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

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन).—m.

(-naḥ) 1. A name of Indra. 2. Siva. E. megha a cloud, vāhana vehicle.

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

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन).—m. 1. Indra. 2. Śiva. 3. a proper name, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 64.

Meghavāhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and vāhana (वाहन).

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

1) Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन):—[=megha-vāhana] [from megha] m. ‘having cl° for a vehicle’, Name of Indra, [Śiśupāla-vadha]

2) [v.s. ...] of Śiva, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] of various kings, [Mahābhārata; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

4) [v.s. ...] of the 22nd Kalpa, [Catalogue(s)]

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

Meghavāhana (मेघवाहन):—[megha-vāhana] (naḥ) 1. m. Indra; Shiva.

[Sanskrit to German]

Meghavahana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Meghavahana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mēghavāhana (ಮೇಘವಾಹನ):—

1) [noun] Indra, the chief of gods, whose vehicle is clouds.

2) [noun] Śiva.

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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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