Definition of mahant in English:

mahant

noun

Hinduism
  • A chief priest of a temple or the head of a monastery.

    • ‘But these mahants again donated this land to Baba Bhairon Nath who built a Shiv temple on a part of the land.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the selection of the new mahant is likely to take two to three months.’
    • ‘Certainly the mahants of the late nineteenth century frequently claimed an Udasi descent, though their lifestyle was by this time very different from that of the traditional Udasis.’
    • ‘Not to be left behind, the other political parties have also not been averse to reaching out to the local mahants for support.’
    • ‘A majority of the mahants criticised the Sangh Parivar for the deterioration of the temple town.’

Origin

Hindi.

Pronunciation:

mahant

/məˈhʌnt/