Cakshuhkanta, Cakshush-kanta, Cakṣuṣkāntā, Cakṣuḥkāntā, Cakshus-kanta: 2 definitions

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Cakshuhkanta 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 terms Cakṣuṣkāntā and Cakṣuḥkāntā can be transliterated into English as Caksuskanta or Cakshushkanta or Caksuhkanta or Cakshuhkanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chakshuhkanta.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Cakṣuḥkāntā (चक्षुःकान्ता) is the wife of Prasenajit, who is a kulakara (law-giver) according to Śvetāmbara sources, while Digambara names his wife as Amitamati. The kulakaras (similair to the manus of the Brahmanical tradition) figure as important characters protecting and guiding humanity towards prosperity during ancient times of distress, whenever the kalpavṛkṣa (wishing tree) failed to provide the proper service.

These law-givers and their wifes (e.g., Cakṣuḥkāntā) are listed in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Cakṣuḥkāntā (चक्षुःकान्ता) is the daughter of Abhicandra and Pratirūpā, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-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,

“[...] finally twins were borne by [Abhicandra and] Pratirūpā, just as the moon, desired by many creatures, is borne by the night. The parents gave the name Prasenajit to the son, and to the daughter the name Cakṣuḥkāntā, because she was pleasing to the eye.Having shorter lives than their parents, with the dark luster of the betel-vine, together they gradually grew up like intellect and vigor. Both six hundred bows tall, having equal beauty, they were like day and, night of the equinox.

[...] Then toward the end of the time (i.e. her life) Cakṣuḥkāntā bore twins, a boy and girl [i.e., Marudeva and Śrīkāntā], whose lives were somewhat shorter. [...] Then after death Prasenajit was born among the Dvīpakumāras, and Cakṣuḥkāntā at the same time among the Nāgakumāras”.

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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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