Anantamati, Ananta-mati: 3 definitions

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography

Anantamatī (अनन्तमती) or Aṃkuśā is the name of the Yakṣa accompanying Anantanātha: the fourteenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—The symbolic mark which distinguishes Anantanātha from all other Tīrthaṃkaras is the hawk according to Śvetāmbaras and the bear according to the Digambaras. The Yakṣa and Yakṣiṇī, the goblins, serving him are named Pātāla and Anantamatī (Śvetāmbara Aṃkuśā) respectively. The Chowri-waver, in his case, was king Puruṣottama-Vāsudeva by name. The tree associated with his enlightenment is Aśvattha (Ficus religioso).

Aṃkuśā of the Śvetāmbaras is to be canonically sculpturedas seated on a lotus, and having four hands with a sword, noose, spear and goad. The Digambaras to whom this Yakṣiṇī is known as Anantamatī describe her as being carried by a swan and as holding in her hands a bow, arrow, fruit and Varada. The name “Aṃkuśā” appears to be derived from the Aṃkuśā or goad, which the Yakṣiṇī carries. In the same name, we find a Vidyādevī who also bears a goad. The name Anantamatī originates very evidently from Anantanātha, the Jina and master, whom the Yakṣiṇī waits upon. Brahmā’s wife is Sarasvatī; here the origin of the swan as a vehicle might be due to this connection.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anantamati (अनन्तमति).—Name of a Bodhisattva.

Derivable forms: anantamatiḥ (अनन्तमतिः).

Anantamati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ananta and mati (मति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Anantamati (अनन्तमति).—(1) n. of one of the sons of the Buddha Candrasūryapradīpa: SP 19.3; (2) n. of a Bodhisattva: RP 1.12.

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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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