Dattavirya, Dattavīrya, Datta-virya: 1 definition


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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dattavīrya (दत्तवीर्य) is the son of Indra and grandson of Sahasrāra, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of conquest] 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, after Nirvāṇasaṅgama said to Indra (son of Sahasrāra): “After hearing this, Indra gave his kingdom to his son, Dattavīrya, and became a mendicant, practiced very severe penance, and became emancipated. One day Rāvaṇa went to Mt. Svarṇatuṅga to pay homage to the sage Anantavīrya whose omniscience had arisen. [...]”.

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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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