Haimavatavarsha, Haimavatavarṣa, Haimavata-Varsha: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Haimavatavarṣa can be transliterated into English as Haimavatavarsa or Haimavatavarsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Haimavatavarṣa (हैमवतवर्ष).—Is Bhāratavarṣa;1 Bhāratam in Jambūdvīpa.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 15. 31.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 28.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Haimavatavarṣa (हैमवतवर्ष) (or Haimavatakṣetra) is another name for Haimavata: one of the seven zones of Jambūdvīpa which is situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), 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.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds

Haimavatavarṣa (हैमवतवर्ष) or simply Haimavata refers to a region of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10. It is named after supreme lord (cakravarti) Bharata. Proximity to Himavāna region is the reason for assigning the name Haimavatavarsha to 2nd region. The mountain chain Himavana separates the Bharata and Haimavata regions. The mountain chain Mahāhimavān separates the Haimavata and Harivarsha. Rohita and Rohitāsyā rivers divide Haimavata-kṣetra.

The life span of inhabitants of Haimavat, Harivarṣa and Devakuru beings is one, two and three palyopama. The five Haimavat regions of two and a half continents (dhāi-dvīpa), in which inhabitants live, have the happy-misery period (3rd time period) always. There the inhabitants have a life span of one palya, the height of their body is 2000 bows, they take food once on alternate days, and they have bodies are of blue colour (like blue lotus).

Jambūdvīpa (containing the Haimavata-varṣa region) is in the centre of all continents and oceans; all continents and oceans are concentric circles with Jambūdvīpa in the centre. Like the navel is in the centre of the body, Jambūdvīpa is in the centre of all continents and oceans. Sumeru Mount is in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. It is also called Mount Sudarśana.

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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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