Ashtahnika, aka: Aṣṭāhnika; 2 Definition(s)


Ashtahnika means something in Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāhnika can be transliterated into English as Astahnika or Ashtahnika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Aṣṭāhnika (अष्टाह्निक).—A festival often listed in such works is Aṣṭāhnika, which runs from the eighth day to the day of the full moon in the months of Kārttika, Phālguna and Āṣāḍha. “This act of worship is a surrogate for the adoration of the Jina images by the gods in the temples of the Nandīśvara-dvīpa, which is inaccessible to mortals”.

Source: JAINpedia: Festivals
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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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India history and geogprahy

Aṣṭa-ahnika or Aṣṭa-ahnikā.—(EI 8, 33), Jain festival held in the months of Phālguna, Āṣāḍha and Kārttika; also called aṣṭ- āhnika-parvan; same as aṭṭhāi-mahotsava. See the Halsi plates of Kadamba Ravivarman (c. 490-538 A. D.) in Ind. Ant., Vol. VI, pp. 25-26. Cf The Successors of the Sātavāhanas, p. 271; Ep. Ind., Vol. XXXIII, p. 47 and note; cf. p. xvi. Note: aṣṭa-ahnika is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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