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Mohana, aka: Mohanā; 4 Definition(s)


Mohana means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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


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 (eg., 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: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

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.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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) expls “mohanaṃ vuccati kāmaguṇā, ettha hi deva-manussā muyhanti. ” (Page 543)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
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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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