Balavirya, Bala-virya, Balavīrya: 4 definitions


Balavirya means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Balavirya in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Balavīrya (बलवीर्य) is the son of Balabhadra and grandson of Atibala, born in the family of Cakrin Bharata and Ṛṣabha Svāmin, according to chapter 2.6 [ajitanātha-caritra] 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 king Sagara said: “[...] Mahāyaśas was the son of Ādityayaśas, his glory sung to the ends of the earth, the crest-jewel of all the powerful. A son, Atibala, was born to him, ruling the earth with unbroken authority like Ākhaṇḍala. He had a son, named Balabhadra, causing happiness to the world by power and light, like the sun. His son was Balavīrya, the chief of the courageous and enduring, foremost of kings. A son, Kīrtivīrya, adorned with both fame and heroism, sprang from him, like a shining light from a light. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Balavirya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Balavīrya (बलवीर्य):—[=bala-vīrya] [from bala > bal] n. strength and heroism, [Mahābhārata]

2) Balavirya (बलविर्य):—[=bala-virya] [from bala-vīrya > bala > bal] m. ‘possessing st° and h°’, Name of a descendant of Bharata, [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya]

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Balavirya in German

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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 (even English!). 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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