Gajapura, Gaja-pura: 6 definitions



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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Gajapura (गजपुर) or Hastināpura is the name of an ancient city, according to chapter 1.3 [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, “[...] the Master set out to obtain alms and arrived at the city Gajapura, the ornament of a circle of cities. In this city King Śreyāṃsa, the heir of King Somaprabha who was the son of Bāhubali, saw in a dream: ‘Meru, entirely dark, was made extremely brilliant by my sprinkling it with pitchers of water’.”

2) Gajapura (गजपुर) is the birth-place of Śānti, Kunthu and Ara, the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth Tīrthaṅkaras, according to chapter 1.6.

3) Gajapura (गजपुर) is the name of a city associated with Kuru, which refers to one of the 25½ countries of the Kṣetrāryas, situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3.—Accordingly, “In these 35 zones on this side of Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, men arise by birth; [...]. From the division into Āryas and Mlecchas they are two-fold. The Āryas have sub-divisions [e.g., kṣetra (country)]. [...] The kṣetrāryas are born in the 15 Karmabhumis. Here in Bharata they have 25½ places of origin (e.g., Kuru), distinguishable by cities (e.g., Gajapura) in which the birth of Tīrthakṛts, Cakrabhṛts, Kṛṣṇas, and Balas takes place”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gajapura (गजपुर).—Name of Hastināpura.

Derivable forms: gajapuram (गजपुरम्).

Gajapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaja and pura (पुर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gajapura (गजपुर).—[neuter] [Name] of a town ( = hāstinapura).

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

Gajapura (गजपुर):—[=gaja-pura] [from gaja > gaj] n. the town called after the elephant (id est. Hāstina-pura), [Mahābhārata xiii, 7711.]

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Gajapura 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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