Maha-deva (i.e. "the great god") is one of the names by which the Hindu god Siva is called. In Buddlhistic history, Mahadeva, who lived 200 years after the death of the Buddha Sakvamuni, or 343, is a renowned teacher who caused a schism in the Buddhistic Church. His adversaries accuse him of every possible crime; but, as he is ranked among the Arhats, his eminence cannot be matter of doubt. The school founded by him is called Parvas, stila. See W. Wassiljew, Der Buddhismus, etc. (St. Petersburg, 1860).

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