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Madhava

One of the names of Krishna. It means the Lord of Lakshmi.

Madhu

The name of Kingdom of Shatrughna.

Madhusudana

Another name of Krishna, the slayer of the asura Madhu.

Mahadeva

Another name of Shiva.

Mahaparshwa

One of Ravana's generals.

Maharaksha

Son of Khara slain at Lanka.

Mahavishnu

Lord of the Universe who took multiple avatars to maintain righteousness and for mankind.

Mahendra

A King who had attained heaven. Also the name of a mountain upon which Hanumana rushes while searching for Sita, shaking it in wrath and frightening every beast that lived in its woods and caves.

Mainaka

Another mountain, well wooded and full of fruits and roots, Hanumana coursed through the air while searchin Sita.

Maitreya

A sage who visited the court of Dhritarashtra, expressed sorrow at the Pandava's plight, advised Duryodhana not to injure the Pandavas for his own good.

Malini

Malini was the name of river that was flowing in the forest where the ashrama of Kanva rishi was situated.

Mandhatri

Mandhatri was a King, son of Yuvanaswa, of the race of Ikshvaku, and author of a hymn in the Rigveda.

Manasarovar

A sacred lake in the Himalayas.

Mandara

The mountain used as a curning stick in Samudra manthan for churning the ocean using Vasuki naga as rope by gods on one side and asuras on other side.

Mandavya

A sage wrongly punished by the King by being impaled as the chief of robbers who had clandestinely hidden their stolen goods in a corner of his hermitage when he was in deep meditation. Lord Dharma gave him this punishment for having tortured birds and bees in his childhood. At this Mandavya cursed Dharma who was born as Vidura, the wise, to the servant maid of Ambalika, wife of King Vichitravirya, who offered her to Sage Vyasa in place of Ambalika.

Mandodari

Mandodari was the daughter of the King of Danavas, Mayasura and celestial dancer, Hema. She was the first wife of Ravana.

Manipura

'City of jewels' in Sanskrit. Manipura is the third primary chakra according to Hindu tradition. It is positioned at the navel region.

Manasa Devi

The goddess of snakes, daughter of Shiva to a human woman.

Manthara

Manthara was a servant who convinced Kaikeyi that the throne of Ayodhya belonged to her son Bharata and that Rama should be exiled from the Kingdom.

Mantra

An incantation with words of power. A religious syllable or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language.

Maricha

A character in the Ramayana, uncle of Ravana who transformed himself into a golden deer at the behest of Ravana to entice Sita.

Markandeya

A sage who told Yudhishthira the story of a Brahmana, Kausika.

Marutta

A King of the Ikshwaku dynasty whose sacrifice was performed by Samvarta in oppose of Indra and Brihaspati.

Matali

Charioteer of Indra who took Arjuna to the Kingdom of Gods.

Matanga

A rishi during Ramayana period, Rama and Laxman pass by while searching Sita on way to mountain Rishyamuk on which lived  Sugriva.

Mathura

The capital of Yadavas which was invaded by Kamsa.

Matrikas

A group of mother Goddesses.

Matsya

The first avatar of Vishnu, where he came in the form of a fish.

Maya

Maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Maya is believed to be an illusion, a veiling of the true, unitary Self—the Cosmic Spirit also known as Brahman. Maya originated in the Hindu scriptures known as the Upanishads.

Mayasura

Maya, or Mayasura was a great ancient King of the Asura, Daitya and Rakshasa races upon earth. He was also the chief architect for the people of the netherworlds.

Medhavi

Son of Sage Baladhi who desired that his son should live as long as a certain mountain lasted.

Menaka

Menaka is considered one of the most beautiful of the heavenly Apsaras. She was sent by Indra, the King of the Devas, to break the severe penance undertaken by Vishwamitra.

Meru

An ancient mountain and mythical centre of the universe on which was situated the city of Brahma. Becoming jealous of Meru, the Vindya began to grow very high obstructing the sun, the moon and the planets. Agastya whom the Vindhya mountain respected asked it to stop growing until he crossed it on his way to the south and returned to the north again. But he did not return at all, having settled in the south.

Mithila

Mithila was a Kingdom in ancient India . King Janaka, father of Sita, was King of this Kingdom.

Mitra

One of the Adityas.

Moksha

Refers to liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Muchukunda

Muchukunda was a great sage who kills Kalayavan, the great Yavana warrior King in the Indian epic Mahabharata.

Mukasura

Mukasura was a demon, friend of Kauravas, who was sent to disturb the austerities, Arjuna was performing at Mount Kailash. Mukasura went to forest where Arjuna was practicing his vows of prayer, vigil, and fast and attacked Arjuna in the form of a boar to kill. At the same time Shiva came in the form of a huntsman and saved him. Shiva gave Arjuna the Gandiva, the divine bow, and blessed him.

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