Dipakamalli, Dīpakamalli, Dipaka-malli: 1 definition



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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dīpakamalli (दीपकमल्लि) refers to some kind of lampstand, according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-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.—Cf. mallikā, 4.185, ‘lampstand’, and malli, PE, s.v. Evidently some kind of round lampstand is meant. The translation of dīpamallī, 1.2.359, obviously unsatisfactory, must be corrected accordingly.

Accordingly: “Hari instructs an Ābhiyogika named Pālaka, ‘Make a car to go to the Master’. [...] Its middle part was level and smooth like the face of an āliṅgipuṣkara, like a mirror, like a lampstand (i.e., dīpakamalli). Painted with soft, beautiful, five-colored paintings, the floor looked as if strewn with peacock-feathers. Inside of it there was a theater-pavilion, a play-house of Śrīs, like a royal palace inside a city. [...]”.

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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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