A mahant // is a religious superior, in particular the chief priest of a temple or the head of a monastery. The Hindi word mahant is from Prakrit mahanta-, from Sanskrit mahat "great". Other titles include the priest or pundit and generally always a brahmin, gyani, or pastor of any well-known religious place would be a mahant. In other branches of Hinduism, the mahant is an ascetic who is the head and leader of the temple and has religious responsibilities as a preacher.
- New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd ed., 2005), p. 1020.
- Webster's Third New International Dictionary, p. 1361.
- Raymond Brady Williams (2001). An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge University Press. p. 239. ISBN 052165422X.
- SGPC Glossary, "Mahant."