Adholoka, Adhas-loka: 4 definitions


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography

Adholoka (अधोलोक).—The lower world or adho-loka is made up of seven earths, one below the other, in which are terrifying abodes of hell inhabitants:

  1. ratnaprabhā,
  2. śarkarāprabhā,
  3. vālukaprabhā,
  4. paṅkaprabhā,
  5. dhūmaprabhā,
  6. tamaḥprabhā,
  7. mahātmaprabhā.
Source: Prakrit Bharati Academy: Jainism - the Creed for all Times

Adhaloka (अधलोक, “nether universe”).—The seven hellish grounds are suspended in the nether universal space, one above the other. The vertical expanse of the nether universe is 900 yojana less than seven rajju.

The seven hellish grounds therein are–

  1. Ratnaprabhā-pṛthvī,
  2. Śarkarāprabhā-pṛthvī,
  3. Bālukāprabhā-pṛthvī,
  4. Paṅkaprabhā-pṛthvī,
  5. Dhūmraprabhā-pṛthvī,
  6. Tamaḥprabhā-pṛthvī,
  7. Mahātamaḥprabhā-pṛthvī.

All these hellish grounds are wider than the previous ones the seventh ground being seven Rajju wide.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adholoka (अधोलोक).—m.

(-kaḥ) The regions below the earth. E. adhas and loka world.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adholoka (अधोलोक):—[=adho-loka] [from adhas] m. the lower world.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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