From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mahadana, MahAdAna, Mahaadaana
Mahādāna literally means ‘the great gift’.
- 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