Spiritual Encyclopedia:
Definition of maha

Maha means great - and in all spiritual literature it is used in terms of spiritually great, spiritually advanced and it is used in conjunction with other words - never on its own.

Some most common use is in combination with:

When the following word starts with a letter "a" as well, then only one single "a" is written and the other one omitted. Such as in above example of Mahavatar ( maha + avatar = mahavatar ).

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