Airavatatirtha, Airāvatatīrtha, Airavata-tirtha: 1 definition



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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Airāvatatīrtha (ऐरावततीर्थ) is the name of a sacred place (tīrtha), according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism. Accordingly, “[...] having taken the water-pots, the Ābhiyogika-gods took water from the ocean of milk, like clouds. From it they took white lotuses, blue lotuses, and red lotuses, as if to show to Hari a token of (the taking of) the waters. [...] At the Tīrthas, Māgadha, etc., of Bharata, Airāvata [viz., Airāvatatīrtha], etc., they took water and clay as if to make additional pitchers”.

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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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