Ardhahara, aka: Ardhahāra, Ardha-hara; 3 Definition(s)


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Ardhahāra (अर्धहार) is the shorter name of Ardhahāradvīpa, one of the continents (dvīpa) of the middle-world (madhyaloka) which is encircled by the ocean named Ardhahārasamudra (or simply Ardhahāra), according to Jain cosmology. The middle-world contains innumerable concentric dvīpas and, as opposed to the upper-world (adhaloka) and the lower-world (ūrdhvaloka), is the only world where humans can be born.

Ardhahāra is recorded in ancient Jaina canonical texts dealing with cosmology and geography of the universe. Examples of such texts are the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapannatti and the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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Ardhahara (अर्धहर).—a. occupying the half (of the body); Ku.1.5; एको रागिषु राजते प्रियतमादेहार्ध- हारी हरः (eko rāgiṣu rājate priyatamādehārdha- hārī haraḥ) Bh.3.121.

Ardhahara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ardha and hara (हर). See also (synonyms): ardhahārin.

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Ardhahāra (अर्धहार).—a necklace of 64 strings. A half chain, a kind of ornament; नक्षत्रमालामपि चार्धहारं सुवर्णसूत्रं परितः स्तनाभ्याम् (nakṣatramālāmapi cārdhahāraṃ suvarṇasūtraṃ paritaḥ stanābhyām) Māna.5.297-98. cf. also Kau. A.2.11.

Derivable forms: ardhahāraḥ (अर्धहारः).

Ardhahāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ardha and hāra (हार).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ardhahāra (अर्धहार) or Arddhahāra.—m.

(-raḥ) A necklace of sixty-four strings. E. ardha, and hāra a necklace.

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