Apraticakra, Apraticakrā: 1 definition

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Apraticakra means something in Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Apratichakra.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography

Apraticakrā (अप्रतिचक्रा) or Jambunadā refers to one of the sixteen Vidyādevīs (goddesses of learning), commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—According to the Śvetāmbara books, she rides a Garuḍa and all her four hands are armed with discs. She is called Jambunadā by the Digambaras, who represent her as riding a peacock and bearing a sword and a spear. Apraticakrā by name and symbols bears equality with the Yakṣiṇī of Ṛṣabhanātha. This Vidyādevī may have some innaterelation to Vaiṣṇavī, the wife of Viṣṇu, as Jambunadā seems to have relation with Kaumārī, the wife of Kārttikeya. Peacock and spear are in this form the common characteristics.

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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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