Cakravarti, aka: Cakravartī; 4 Definition(s)


Cakravarti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chakravarti.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Cakravartī (चक्रवर्ती).—An Angirasa and mantrakṛt.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 110.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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 Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Cakravartī (चक्रवर्ती) refers to the ninth of the “ten wrathful ones” (daśakrodha) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 11). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., daśa-krodha and Cakravartī). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Cakravartī (चक्रवर्ती).—Cakravartīs are emperors who rule over a part of the world (e.g. Bhārata-land having six parts). Their life is embellished with similar features like those of the Tīrthaṅkaras. Every Cakravartī obtains his high rank on account of good actions done in earlier existences and on account of a Nidāna, i.e. a wish which is passionately cherished in an earlier life. He is born in the royal family of Ikṣvāku, grows in pomp and glory and is experienced in all arts and sciences. Having beauty and power, being brace and clerver, he is embellished with 36 insignias of mind and body. After vanquishing all the opponents in battle, he conquers the world.

Cakravartīs owe their success not only to their capability and power and the support they get fro mtheir supermundane beings, but also, above all, to the wonderful “gems” ratna) and previous “treasures” (nidhi) which are in their possession.

Source: Google Books: Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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cakravartī (चक्रवर्ती).—m An emperor or a lord paramount.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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