Mohana, Mohanā: 33 definitions


Mohana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. 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 Mohna.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Mohanā (मोहना) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (e.g., Mohanā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Mohana (मोहन).—An ancient place of habitation in Bhārata. This place was conquered by Karṇa. (Śloka 10, Chapter 254, Vana Parva).

2) Mohanā (मोहना).—Wife of Sugrīva. Mohanā helped her husband in bringing water from the Sarayū river to bathe the Aśvamedha horse of Śrī Rāma. (Padma Purāṇa, Pātāla Khaṇḍa).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mohana (मोहन, “deluding”) refers to one of the five arrows of Kāma, also known as Puṣpabāṇa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.3.—“[...] In this form and with your five flower-arrows [viz., Puṣpabāṇa] you can enamour and captivate men and women and carry on the eternal task of creation. [...] The minds of all living beings will become an easy target of your five-flower arrows (Puṣpabāṇa). You will be the cause of their elation. Thus I have assigned you the task of facilitating creation. These sons of mine will confer names and titles on you. Taking his five flower-arrows (Puṣpabāṇa), Kāma decided on his future course remaining invisible in form. His five arrows are respectively: Harṣaṇa (delighting), Rocana (appealing), Mohana (deluding), Śoṣaṇa (withering), Māraṇa (killing). Even sages could be deluded and tormented by them”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Mohana (मोहन).—In the Gayāśilā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 108. 48.

1b) An arrow of the God of Love, sent against Śiva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 154. 244; 162. 21, 24.

2) Mohanā (मोहना).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 25.
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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)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mohana (मोहन) refers to one of the eight Heroes (vīra-aṣṭaka) associated with Jālandhara (which is in the southern quarter), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight heroes: Ananta, Jvāla, Jṛmbhaṇa, Stambhana, Mohana, Stambhakārī, Saṃkarṣaṇa, Vighnāntaka.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

Mohana (मोहन) or Mohanatantra refers to one of the twenty-three Vāmatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Mohana-tantra belonging to the Vāma class.

Source: Google books: Genesis and Development of Tantra (Shaktism)

Mohana (मोहन, “benumbing”) refers to one of the twelve kinds of black magic (abhicāra) which represents one of the various Siddhis (“supernatural powers”) according to the Siddhayogeśvarīmata: an ancient Sanskrit text devoted to cults of Goddesses as the Vidyāpīṭha or Vidyā Corpus.—Although Vedic rituals were a reliable way for the people of ancient India to fulfill their objectives, Tantric rites too claim to bring about the attainment of wishes. [...] In the Siddhayogeśvarīmata, the objectives of the rites are classified as siddhis [e.g., twelve kinds of black magic (abhicāras) such as benumbing (mohana)]. They belong to the category of supernatural phenomena and seem to be considerably different from the types of wish people expected to gain from the Vedic rituals that still remained within the sphere of everyday life.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mohana (मोहन) is the name of a king who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side but was slain by Aṭṭahāsa, who participated in the war on Śrutaśarman side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 47. Accordingly: “... a king named Mohana, when he saw Pralamba dead, engaged with Aṭṭahāsa and smote him with arrows. Then Aṭṭahāsa cut his bow and slew his charioteer, and laid him low, slain with a terrific blow.”.

The story of Mohana was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mohana, 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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Mohana (मोहन) refers to:—See Adhirūḍha-mahābhāva. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Mohana (मोहन) refers to “enchantment” according to the Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta 2.5 (“Prema: Love of God”).—Accordingly, “[...] All glories to His pastimes in the rainy season, like His resting at the feet of trees, and to His autumnal pastimes—enhanced by the beauty of the forests— which heaped the pain of Cupid’s torment on the women of Vraja. When will I see with my own eyes the way He dresses in forest attire, steals everyone’s heart with the downpour of sweetness from the music of His flute, and enchants all the cowherd girls [i.e., gopayoṣit-gaṇa-mohana]? [...]”.

Source: Pure Bhakti: Jaiva-dharma

Mohana (मोहन) refers to Modana in some special conditions (of separation), according to a discussion between Vijaya Kumāra and Śrī Gopāla Guru Gosvāmī.—Modana does not occur anywhere other than in the yūtha of Śrī Rādhikā. Modana is the dearest and most delightful pleasure sport of the hlādinī-śakti. In some special conditions of separation, modana becomes mohana, and as an effect of this helpless condition of separation, all the sāttvika-bhāvas manifest in the sūddīpta condition. When mohanabhāva attains a unique, indescribable mode of behavior, developing into a wondrous condition that resembles a state of utter confusion, then it is divya-unmāda. It has many different features such as udghūrṇā and citrajalpa.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Mohana (मोहन):—Loss of consciousness, Delusion, Distraction

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Mohana (मोहन) refers to the “delusion” (which is the poison of rebirth), according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] Salutations to you, the guru, who are the embodiment of the bliss of the natural [no-mind] state and whose nectar [in the form] of words, kills the delusion (mohana) which is the poison of rebirth. [This] imperishable and untainted knowledge stimulates the [Yogin’s] nectar. [This] extraordinary no-mind [knowledge] is superior [to all other knowledge because it] bestows bliss. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Mantrashastra (the science of Mantras)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa (mantra)

Mohana (मोहन, “fascination”) refers to one of the eight divisions of the object or purpose of a Mantra, according to the Śrīpraśṇa-saṃhitā (verse 50.70-2).—Mantras refers to “that which is chanted by people to obtain their spiritual aspirations”.

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Mantrashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, mantraśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mantras—chants, incantations, spells, magical hymns, etc. Mantra Sastra literature includes many ancient books dealing with the methods reciting mantras, identifying and purifying its defects and the science behind uttering or chanting syllables.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Mohana in India is the name of a plant defined with Catunaregam spinosa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Posoqueria floribunda Roxb. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Prodr. Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ Orient.: (1834)
· Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ (1824)
· Bull. Jard. Bot. État (1958)
· Taxon (1978)
· Species Plantarum
· Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India (1983)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mohana : (nt.) making dull; enticement; allurement.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Mohana, (nt.) (fr. muh as Caus. formn) making dull or stupid, infatuation, enticement, allurement Sn. 399, 772 (=mohanā vuccanti pañca kāmaguṇā Nd1 26). The Sk. meaning is also “sexual intercourse” (cp. Halāyudha p. 315), which may apply to the Sn. passages SnA 517 (on Sn. 772) explains “mohanaṃ vuccati kāmaguṇā, ettha hi deva-manussā muyhanti. ” (Page 543)

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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

mōhana (मोहन).—n (Corruptly used by poets and the vulgar for mauna) Silence. v dhara. Ex. kāya sēvūṃ vana śīta uṣṇa tāhāna || sāhūṃ kīṃ mō0 dharūṃ baisūṃ ||; also dēva māṇḍuniyā dharilēṃ mō0 || māya mhaṇē kōṇa ēthēṃ dujē ||.

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mōhana (मोहन).—n (S) Fascination, bewitchment, the overpowering of reason and reflection by worldly allurements; alluring or enticing in general. 2 In medicine. Effecting stupor or nervous composure. See saptōpacāra. 3 Clarified butter or oil poured, in order to softenit, over dough or flour in kneading it.

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mōhana (मोहन).—a S That allures, enchants, fascinates.

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

mōhana (मोहन).—n Fascination. Silence. a That allures.

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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

Mohana (मोहन).—a. (- f.) [मुह्-णिच्-ल्यु ल्युट् वा (muh-ṇic-lyu lyuṭ vā)]

1) Stupefying.

2) Bewildering, perplexing, puzzling; तमस्त्वज्ञानजं विद्धि मोहनं सर्वदेहिनाम् (tamastvajñānajaṃ viddhi mohanaṃ sarvadehinām) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 14.8.

3) Deluding, infatuating.

4) Fascinating, enrapturing; सकलेन्द्रियमोहनानि (sakalendriyamohanāni) Uttararāmacarita 1.36; Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 6.8.

-naḥ 1 An epithet of Śiva.

2) Name of one of the five arrows of Cupid.

3) The Thorn-apple (dhattūra).

-nī 1 A particular illusion.

2) A particular incantation.

3) One of the nine शक्ति (śakti)s of Viṣṇu.

-nam 1 Stupefying.

2) Bewildering, perplexing, puzzling.

3) Stupor; loss of sensation.

4) Infatuation, delusion, mistake.

5) A seduction, temptation.

6) Sexual intercourse; योषितः पतितकाञ्चनकाञ्चौ मोहनातिरभसेन नितम्बे (yoṣitaḥ patitakāñcanakāñcau mohanātirabhasena nitambe) Śi. 1.85; Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 4.

7) A means employed in perplexing others.

8) A magical charm employed to bewilder an enemy.

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

Mohana (मोहन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā or -nī-naṃ) Fascinating, stupefying, depriving of sense or understanding. n.

(-naṃ) 1. Copulation. 2. One of the arrows of Kamadeva. 3. Temptation, seduction, the overpowering of reason and reflection by worldly or sensual allurements. 4. A charm employed to bewilder an enemy. m.

(-naḥ) The thornapple, (Dhutura.) f.

(-nā) 1. A sort of grass, (Trigonella corniculata.) 2. A kind of jasmine, commonly the Tripura or Tipperah jasmine. E. muh to be foolish, causal form, aff. yuc or lyuṭ .

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

Mohana (मोहन).—i. e. muh + ana, I. adj., f. , Depriving of consciousness or understanding, infatuating, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 23, 13; [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 46, 110 (with vidyā, A magical knowledge). Ii. m. One of the arrows of Kāma, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 7, 3. Iii. n. Temptation, the overpowering of reason by sensual allurements.

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

Mohana (मोहन).—[feminine] ī stupefying, perplexing, deceiving (—°); [neuter] the act of stupefying etc., error, delusion, fascination, seduction, sexual intercourse.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mohana (मोहन) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Mohanasaptaśatī.

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

1) Mohana (मोहन):—[from moha] mf(ī)n. depriving of consciousness, bewildering, confusing, perplexing, leading astray, infatuating, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. the thorn-apple, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [Rāmāyaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the 5 arrows of the god of love, [Vetāla-pañcaviṃśatikā]

5) [v.s. ...] of various other authors and men, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Śukasaptati; Catalogue(s)]

6) Mohanā (मोहना):—[from mohana > moha] f. the flower of a sort of jasmine, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Trigonella Corniculata, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) Mohana (मोहन):—[from moha] n. the being deluded or infatuated, delusion, infatuation, embarrassment, mistake, [Nirukta, by Yāska; Bhagavad-gītā; Gīta-govinda]

9) [v.s. ...] stupor, being stupefied, [Suśruta]

10) [v.s. ...] sexual intercourse, [Kāvya literature; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

11) [v.s. ...] the act of perplexing, puzzling, bewildering, [Rāmāyaṇa; Gīta-govinda; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

12) [v.s. ...] any means employed for bewildering others, [Daśakumāra-carita]

13) [v.s. ...] temptation, seduction, [Horace H. Wilson]

14) [v.s. ...] a magical charm used to bewilder an enemy

15) [v.s. ...] the formula used in that process ([especially] the hymns, [Atharva-veda iii, 1, 2]), [Kauśika-sūtra]

16) [v.s. ...] Name of a town, [Mahābhārata]

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

Mohana (मोहन):—[(naḥ-nā-nī-naṃ) a.] Fascinating. n. Copulation; arrow of Cupid; tempatation, its effects. m. Thornapple. f. () A grass; a jasmin.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Mohana (मोहन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mohaṇa.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Mohana (मोहन) [Also spelled mohan]:—(a) charming, attractive; tempting; (nm) enchantment; charm, mantra employed for purposes of sorcery; an epithet of Lord Krishna; ~[bhoga] a special type of [halavā; ~mālā] a garland made of beads.

2) Mohanā (मोहना) [Also spelled mohna]:—(v) to cast a spell, to charm, to attract; to tempt; to infatuate.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Mohaṇa (मोहण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mohana.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mōhana (ಮೋಹನ):—

1) [adjective] causing a person become unconscious.

2) [adjective] causing utter confusion; perplexing; bewildering.

3) [adjective] capturing the interest and attention; fascinating.

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Mōhana (ಮೋಹನ):—

1) [noun] temporary loss of consciousness; unconsciousness.

2) [noun] illusion or hallucination.

3) [noun] attraction; fascination.

4) [noun] the charming beauty or loveliness.

5) [noun] Křṣṇa, one of the most fascinating of Indian deities.

6) [noun] sexual intercourse; copulation; coition.

7) [noun] a casting of a spell on another person by incantation.

8) [noun] one of the five stages of a person undergoing the agony caused by the separation from his or her beloved.

9) [noun] the plant Datura stramonium of Solanaceae family.

10) [noun] (mus.) in Karnāṭaka system, a musical mode (rāga) derived from the main mode Harikambhoji.

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