Sanskrit Words Beginning with M

Glossary of Hindu Terms with Meanings

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Mahabharata:

the epic of Krishna, Pandavas & Kauravas; one of the world's longest epic poems written by the sage Veda Vyas

Mahadeva:

'Great God', one of the names of the deity Shiva

Mahadevi:

'Great Goddess', the Mother Goddess of Hinduism

Mahashivratri:

Hindu festival devoted to Lord Shiva

Mahavakyas:

great sayings of Vedantic knowledge

Mahayana:

great vehicle, northern school of Buddhism

Manas:

mind or emotion

Mandal:

Hindu temple which can also be used for socio-cultural purposes

Mandap/mandva:

the canopy under which a wedding ceremony takes place

Mandir:

a Hindu temple

Mantra:

spiritual or sacred syllables or sounds which contain in their essence divine cosmic power

Manu:

Vedic original man, founder of human culture

Marmas:

sensitive body zones in Ayurvedic treatment

Mata:

mother, a compound often used in the names of female goddesses

Maya:

illusion, particularly the illusion of the transient, impermanent, phenomenal world

Mayavada:

doctrine that the world is unreal

Mehndi:

long-lasting pattern made with henna dye on the hands of a woman at her wedding and sometimes at festive occasions

Meru:

the poles

Mimamsa:

ritualistic form of Vedic philosophy

Moksha:

pursuit of liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, loss of the egoistic self, and union with Brahman

Monism:

the theory that everything in the cosmos is a unity and is equated with the divine

Monotheism:

belief in one personal god or goddess

Murti:

the image and representation of a deity in a temple, shrine or in the home