Tirthamahatmya, Tirtha-mahatmya, Tīrthamāhātmya: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: WikiPedia: Puranas

Tīrthamāhātmya (तीर्थमाहात्म्य).—Pilgrimage sites are not prominent in Dharmasastras such as Manusmriti and Yajnavalkya Smriti, but they are found in the epic Mahabharata and the Puranas. Most Puranas include large sections on Tirtha-mahatmya along with tourist guides, which describe sacred sites and places to visit.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tirthamahatmya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Tīrthamāhātmya (तीर्थमाहात्म्य) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—from the Uttarakhaṇḍa of the Skandapurāṇa, in 4 chapters. Thomas App. p. 257, 1.

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

Tīrthamāhātmya (तीर्थमाहात्म्य):—[=tīrtha-māhātmya] [from tīrtha > tīra] n. Name of a [chapter] of [Purāṇa-sarvasva]

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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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