Dharmaghosha, Dharmaghoṣa, Dharma-ghosha: 5 definitions


Dharmaghosha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 term Dharmaghoṣa can be transliterated into English as Dharmaghosa or Dharmaghosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोष) is the name of a minister (/ monk?), as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “One day when Priyaṅgu, the wife of Minister Dharmaghoṣa is busy with other women adorning the beautiful Sujāta with jewelry, she is seen of her husband. He tries to get rid of Sujāta by trickery. In vain. Sujāta's virtue is finally recognized, but, disgusted with the world, he becomes a monk”.

Cf. Āvaśyakacūrṇi II 197.8-200.10; Āvasyakaniryukti (Haribhadra commentary) a.8-a.7; Trad: Balbir in Granoff 1990 p. 56-57.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोष) is the name of an ancient Ācārya who traveled to Vasantapura with Dhana (the first incarnation of Ṛṣabha), according to chapter 1.1 [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, “[...] Just then, the Ācārya Dharmaghoṣa, purifying the earth by dharma by his wandering as a Sādhu, approached the merchant. Dhana hastily rose and with, folded hands praised the Ācārya shining like the sun with the light of his penance. Questioned by Dhana in regard to the reason of his coming, the Ācārya explained, ‘I am going to Vasantapura with your caravan’. The merchant replied, ‘I am fortunate today, O Blessed One, since you who should be visited, have come and are going with my caravan’.”

Source: academia.edu: Tessitori Collection I

1) Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोष) or Dharmaghoṣasūri is the author of the Lokanāladvātriṃśikā (dealing with the Cosmology of Jain Canonical literature), included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—Although the name of Dharmaghoṣa-sūri appears nowhere in the work, or even in the manuscripts, the ascription seems to be certain. He was the 46th pontiff of the tapāgaccha, who died in VS 1357 and the learned author of several tracts or sophisticated hymns. The aim of the author, mentioned in the first and the last verses, is to enable the reader to have an exact knowledge about the world. This right knoweldge should work as a basis in order to limit one’s own wandering in the saṃsāra.

2) Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोषसूरि) or Dharmaghoṣasūri is also the author of the Samavasaraṇastotra, which is similar in contents to the Dvādaśaparṣad.

3) Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोषसूरि) or Dharmaghoṣasūri is also the author of the Jīyabhedabattīsī (dealing with the Karma section of Jain Canonical literature)

4) Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोष) or Dharmaghoṣasūri is the name of a teacher belonging to the añcala-gaccha, according to the Añcalagaccha-paṭṭāvalī (dealing with Jain lineages history).

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dharmaghoṣa (धर्मघोष):—[=dharma-ghoṣa] [from dharma > dhara] m. Name of an author, [Caraka]

[Sanskrit to German]

Dharmaghosha in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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