(Hinduism, Sanskrit: ma "not" + ya "this")

  1. material atmosphere in which the conditioned soul tries to enjoy without God; this material universe; the Supreme Lord's deluding potency.In the Mahabharata, maya tactics where adopted by the rakshashas during the war; or
  2. in the Mahabharata, an architect who managed to escape from the Khandava fire. He built the Sabha for Yudhishthira.