Ganadhara, aka: Gaṇadhara, Gana-dhara; 2 Definition(s)


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Gaṇadhara (गणधर) refers to a “group-leader”, a primary disciple of a Tīrthaṅkara.—Śramaṇa Lord Mahāvīra’s congregation had 11 gaṇadharas. All these were Brahmin householders from different places. On the invitation of Madhyamapāvā’s Somila all these people had come with their respective disciples to attend the sacrificial ritual. Upon attaining pure knowledge Lord Mahāvīra arrived at Pāvāpurī. All these Brahmins attended the Lord’s samavaśaraṇa along with their disciples there and impressed by his knowledge, took initiation along with their respective disciples on the 11th day of the bright fortnight of Vaiśākha month. Attaining the knowledge of the tripadīs they wrote the fourteen pūrvas and became gaṇadharas.

The gaṇadharas of Mahāvīra were:

  1. Indrabhūti
  2. Agnibhūti
  3. Vāyubhūti
  4. Ārya Vyakta
  5. Sudharmā
  6. Maṇḍita
  7. Mauryaputra
  8. Akampita
  9. Acalabhrātā
  10. Metārya
  11. Prabhāsa

All these gaṇadharas were Brahmins by caste and Vedic scholars. After taking initiation, they all studied the 11 Aṅgas. Hence, all of them had the knowledge of the 14 pūrvas and possessed special attainments (labdhis).

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra
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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-English dictionary

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Gaṇadhara (गणधर).—

1) the head of a class or number.

2) the teacher of a school.

Derivable forms: gaṇadharaḥ (गणधरः).

Gaṇadhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṇa and dhara (धर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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