Candrayashas, Candrayaśas: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Candrayaśas can be transliterated into English as Candrayasas or Candrayashas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chandrayashas.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Candrayaśas (चन्द्रयशस्) (the incarnation of Priyadarśanā) is the wife of Vimalavāhana: the incarnation of Sāgara (Sāgaracandra), 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, “[...] When half a year only of [Vimalavāhana’s] life remained, his wife Candrayaśas bore twins. A boy and girl, with lives of numberless pūrvas, with good bodies, having the first kind of joints, dark, eight hundred bows tall, named Cakṣuṣmat and Candrakāntā by the parents, born together, they grew up like a creeper and a tree. After caring for the twins for six months, Vimalavāhana died without old age or disease, and was born among the Suvarṇakakumāras. At the same time Candrayaśas died and was born among the Nāgas. Moonlight cannot remain when the moon has set”.

2) Candrayaśas (चन्द्रयशस्) is the wife of king Surāṣṭra of Sāketapura, according to chapter 4.7 [sanatkumāra-cakrin-caritra].

3) Candrayaśas (चन्द्रयशस्) is the daughter of Hiraṇyalomikā from Padminīkhaṇḍa, according to chapter 5.1 [śāntinātha-caritra].—Accordingly, as an astrologer said to king Śrīvijaya:—“[...] After I had grown up, one day in wandering I came to an excellent town Padminīkhaṇḍa. My father’s sister, Hiraṇyalomikā, lives there, and her grown daughter, Candrayaśas. Formerly she had given her (in betrothal), when she was a small girl, to me still a boy. The marriage had not taken place because of the obstacle of my initiation. When I saw her, I, infatuated, abandoned the vow like a burden and married her. [...]”.

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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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