Abhayavati, Abhayavatī: 1 definition

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Abhayavatī (अभयवती) is the wife of Sāgaradatta and mother of Pūrṇabhadra, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, “After he had enjoyed pleasures unceasingly, the soul of Vajrajaṅgha fell from the exhaustion of his life-span, just as a snow-ball melts in the sun. In Jambūdvīpa, in the Videhas, in the city Kṣitipratiṣṭhita, he was born as the son, named Jīvānanda, of the physician Suvidhi. [...] At the same time in this city four other boys were born, like pieces of dharma joined to bodies. [...] Another was the son, named Pūrṇabhadra, of the trader Sāgaradatta and his wife Abhayavatī”.

2) Abhayavatī (अभयवती) refers to one of the eight chief-queens of Lakṣmaṇa (son of Sumitrā and Daśaratha), according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.8 [The abandonment of Sītā].—Accordingly, “In Lakṣmaṇa’s household there were sixteen thousand women. Among them were eight chief-queens: [e.g., Abhayavatī, ...]. There were two hundred and fifty sons and among these were eight born of the chief-queens: [e.g., Satyakīrtika, son of Abhayavatī]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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