Dhanyakata, Dhanya-kata, Dhānyakaṭa: 2 definitions



Dhanyakata means something in Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dhānyakaṭa (धान्यकट) is the name of an ancient city, according to chapter 4.3 [vimalanātha-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:—“[...] observing a two-day fast, the Lord (i.e., Vimalanātha) became a mendicant together with a thousand kings. On the next day, Lord Vimala broke his fast with ricepudding in the house of King Jaya in the city Dhānyakaṭa. The gods made the five divine things—rain of treasure, et cetera, and King Jaya made a jeweled platform where the Master had stood. Then the Supreme Lord set out from that place to wander elsewhere in mines, cities, et cetera, as an ordinary ascetic. [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: What is India: South Indian Inscriptions vol1: Tamil and Sanskrit inscriptions

Dhanyakata (=Dhanyakataka) is an old name for Amaravati.—Dhanyaghata or Dhanyagataka is evidently identical with Dhanyakata or Dhanyakataka, “corn-town” the well-known old name of Amaravati.  The use of gha instead of ka can perhaps be explained by the Tamil habit of softening a single consonant between two words.’

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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