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From Sanskrit माया (māyā́).


माया (māyāf (Urdu spelling مایا)

  1. illusion, deceit, delusion (caused by magic or supernatural powers)
    यह संसार माया है।
    This world is an illusion.
  2. maya, divine power
    ईश्वर की माया अनन्त है।
    The divine power of God is infinite.

Related terms[edit]


  • Platts, John T. (1884), “माया”, in A dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi, and English, London: W. H. Allen & co.


Alternative forms[edit]


माया f

  1. fraud
  2. deceit
  3. magic
  4. jugglery



From √ (ma, measure, magic, binding, fettering...)


माया (māyā́f

  1. art, wisdom, extraordinary or supernatural power (only in the earlier language)
  2. illusion, unreality, deception, fraud, trick, sorcery, witchcraft magic
    • raghuvaṃśa 2.62
      मया मायां उद्भाव्या परीक्षितः असि
      mayā māyāṃ udbhāvyā parīkṣitaḥ asi
      I have examined you by creating an illusion
  3. an unreal or illusory image, phantom, apparition
  4. duplicity (with Buddhists one of the 24 minor evil passions)
  5. (philosophy) Illusion (identified in the Sāṃkhya with प्रकृति (prakṛti) or प्रधान (pradhāna) and in that system, as well as in the Vedānta, regarded as the source of the visible universe)
  6. (Shaivism) one of the 4 pāśas or snares which entangle the soul
  7. (Vaishnavism) one of the 9 shaktis or energies of Vishnu
  8. Illusion personified (sometimes identified with Durgā, sometimes regarded as a daughter of Anṛta and Nirṛti or Nikṛti and mother of Mṛtyu, or as a daughter of Adharma)
  9. compassion, sympathy
  10. Operculina turpethum ( <= Convolvulus turpethum)
  11. name of the mother of Gautama Buddha
  12. name of Lakshmi
  13. name of a city
  14. name of two metres
  15. (in the dual) (māye indrasya) name of 2 sāmans


Feminine ā-stem declension of माया
Nom. sg. माया (māyā)
Gen. sg. मायायाः (māyāyāḥ)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative माया (māyā) माये (māye) मायाः (māyāḥ)
Vocative माये (māye) माये (māye) मायाः (māyāḥ)
Accusative मायाम् (māyām) माये (māye) मायाः (māyāḥ)
Instrumental मायया (māyayā) मायाभ्याम् (māyābhyām) मायाभिः (māyābhiḥ)
Dative मायायै (māyāyai) मायाभ्याम् (māyābhyām) मायाभ्यः (māyābhyaḥ)
Ablative मायायाः (māyāyāḥ) मायाभ्याम् (māyābhyām) मायाभ्यः (māyābhyaḥ)
Genitive मायायाः (māyāyāḥ) माययोः (māyayoḥ) मायानाम् (māyānām)
Locative मायायाम् (māyāyām) माययोः (māyayoḥ) मायासु (māyāsu)


  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 771,811