Arnavavarta, Arṇavāvarta, Arnava-avarta: 1 definition


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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Arṇavāvarta (अर्णवावर्त) is the name of a bow, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.4 [Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa] 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, as Candragati said to Janaka: “[...] Two bows, Vajrāvarta and Arṇavāvarta, always attended by a thousand Yakṣas at the command of the gods, possessing unbearable brilliance, always worshipped by us in a shrine like family-divinities, were made for the future Rāma and Śārṅgin (Vāsudeva). Take them. If Dāśarathi strings one of these, then we are defeated by him. Let him marry your daughter”.

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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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