Mudhata, Mūḍhatā: 10 definitions


Mudhata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mūḍhatā (मूढता) refers to “(acting) foolishly”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.9 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura said to the Gods: “[...] Doing such sinful acts frequently Viṣṇu and Śiva are already deficient in splendour and their prowess is spent out. You will never gain victory in the battle by relying on them. Why then did you foolishly (mūḍhatā) come here to lose your lives? These two, always seeking selfish ends, do not know what is virtue. O gods, without virtue every rite becomes futile. [...]”.

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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)

Source: Jaina Yoga

Mūḍhatā (मूढता).—The category of the three mūḍhatās or “foolish ideas” relate to the divinity, to the teacher and to worldly life. It represents a detailled exposition of mūḍha-dṛṣṭi: an aspect of mithyātva (false belief) as defined by Amitagati in his 11th century Śrāvakācāra.

  1. Devatā-mūḍhatā,
  2. Pāṣaṇḍi-mūḍhatā,
  3. Loka-mūḍhatā.

These seem to be listed only by the Digambaras but Hemacandra and other Śvetāmbaras find the same opportunity for criticizing the superstitions of other religions when they discuss the nature of the ku-deva, ku-guru, and ku-śāstra.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mūḍhatā (मूढता).—

1) Confusion, bewilderment.

2) Folly, stupidity.

3) The gathering or drawing (of a tumour); Suśr.

4) Morbid condition (of śarīrasthavāta).

See also (synonyms): mūḍhatva.

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

Mūḍhatā (मूढता).—f.

(-tā) Folly, silliness, ignorance. E. mūḍha, and tal aff.; also mūḍhatvaṃ

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

Mūḍhatā (मूढता).—[mūḍha + tā] (vb. muh), f., and mūḍhatva mūḍha + tva, n. Foolishness, [Pañcatantra] 123, 13; 228, 3.

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

1) Mūḍhatā (मूढता):—[=mūḍha-tā] [from mūḍha > muh] f. bewilderment, perplexity, confusion, simplicity, folly, ignorance, [Kāvya literature; Purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] the gathering or drawing (of a tumour), [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] degeneracy, morbid condition (of the wind in the body), [ib.]

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

Mūḍhatā (मूढता):—(tā) 1. f. Folly, madness.

[Sanskrit to German]

Mudhata 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mūḍhatā (मूढता):—(nf) stupidity, foolishness, silliness, imbecility; infatuation; also [mūḍhatva] (nm).

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