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By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mahadana, MahAdAna, Mahaadaana
Mahādāna literally means ‘the great gift’.
Dāna or giving gifts has been extolled greatly in the scriptures, especially in the Dharmaśāstras and the Purāṇas. This aspect of dharma has also been stressed much in the Kaliyuga or Iron Age.
- Tulāpuruṣa - weighing a person against gold or silver, and distributing it to worthy persons
- Gosahasra - a thousand milch-cows
An elaborate and complicated procedure has been set out for making these gifts.
- Dharma means righteous living.
- Agnipurāna 209.23, 24
- Matsyapurāṇa 274 to 289
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore