By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mahavira, MahAvira, Mahaavira
It is the name of an earthen pot in which milk for the pravargya rite is boiled. It is generally prepared by the adhvaryu priest with lumps of clay as per the directions given in the śrautasutras. It resembles a wooden cup. There may be one main cup and two secondary ones.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore