Ashvavabodha, Aśvāvabodha: 2 definitions


Ashvavabodha 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.

The Sanskrit term Aśvāvabodha can be transliterated into English as Asvavabodha or Ashvavabodha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Sum Jaina Canonical Sutras (vividhatirthakalpa)

Aśvāvabodha (अश्वावबोध).—Name of a tīrtha (sacred place).—Having attained perfect beatitude, Jina Suvrata came from Pratiṣṭhānapura to the forest of Koriṇṭa in Bharukaccha for instructing king Jitaśatru, then engaged in a horse sacrifice. He was welcomed both by the king and people. The Lord gave the king religious instructions, relating a story of his previous birth. On hearing the words of the Lord, the king recollected his previous existence. After death he was reborn as a god in Sudharmā. He erected a jewelled caitya at the place where the Lord could be seen. He installed an image of Suvrata. It is from this circumstance that this shrine is called Aśvāvabodha-tīrtha. In course of time, it became noted as Śakuṇikā-vihāra.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Aśvāvabodha (अश्वावबोध) is another name for Bhṛgukaccha, according to chapter 6.7 [śrī-munisuvratanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“When the Blessed One [i.e., Munisuvrata] had related this story, the horse was praised by the people many times and was set free by the king who asked his forgiveness. From that time the city Bhṛgukaccha became a sacred place, named Aśvāvabodha, famous among the people, very pure. [...]”.

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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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