Bhadrashala, Bhadra-shala, Bhadraśāla: 5 definitions



Bhadrashala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Bhadraśāla can be transliterated into English as Bhadrasala or Bhadrashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Bhadraśālā (भद्रशाला) refers to a type of hall having a frontroom or a drawing room. It is used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhadrashala in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhadraśāla (भद्रशाल).—A forest on the top of the Mountain Bhadrāśvavarṣa which lies to the east of Mahāmeru. There is a tree called Kālāmra in this forest. This is a very sacred tree standing miles high above other trees and is being worshipped by the Vṛddhacāraṇas. By worshipping this tree the men have become white and majestic and by drinking a juice prepared from its leaves the women keep themselves eternally young. Chapter seven of Bhīṣma Parva says like this about this tree: "Kālāmra stands towering miles high bearing flowers and fruits at all times of the year. The Vṛddhacāraṇas worshipping it are white, strong and majestic. The women drinking its juice are lotus-complexioned, beautiful, Moonfaced, well versed in music and dance and having a life-span of over a thousand years, remaining young all the time."

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Bhadrashala in Jainism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Bhadraśāla (भद्रशाल) is the name of a grove resembling a surrounding wall and situated at the base of mount Meru, which lies at in the center of Jambudvīpa. Jambūdvīpa sits at the centre of madhyaloka (‘middle world’) is the most important of all continents and it is here where human beings reside.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Bhadraśāla (भद्रशाल) or Bhadraśālaka is the name of an ancient region, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-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, “[...] having taken the water-pots, the Ābhiyogika-gods took water from the ocean of milk, like clouds. From it they took white lotuses, blue lotuses, and red lotuses, as if to show to Hari a token of (the taking of) the waters. [...] In Bhadraśāla, Nandana, Saumanasa, and Pāṇḍaka they took everything, the best gośīrṣa-sandal, etc. After mixing together the fragrant substances and water, they went quickly to mount Meru”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds

Bhadraśāla (भद्रशाल) or Bhadraśālavana is the name of a forest situated on mount Sumeru, which lies at the centre of Jambūdvīpa: the tree enveloping the continent of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10.—There are four forests (vana) on Sumeru Mount. They are called Bhadraśāla, Nandanavana, Saumanasavana and Pāṃdukavana. The first forest lies at the foot of the mountain and the rest in its platform. How many Jina temples are there in the four forests? There are four Jina temples in four directions in each forest for a total of 16 temples on the mount.

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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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