Hemacandra, aka: Heman-candra; 5 Definition(s)
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Alternative spellings of this word include Hemachandra.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Hemacandra (हेमचन्द्र):—Son of Viśāla (one of the three sons of Tṛṇabindu). He had a son named Dhūmrākṣa. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2.34)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Hemacandra (हेमचन्द्र).—A son of Viśāla and father of Sucandra (Candra, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 34; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 61. 13; Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 17-8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 50. 51.
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.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Hemacandra (हेमचन्द्र) (1088-1173 C.E.), famous Jain author, has contributed a lot to the study of Sanskrit Prosody by way of writing his monumental work Chandonuśāsana. He was well versed in Sanskrit, Prakrita and Apabhraṃśa literatures. He was born in a village called Dhundhukā, situated at the south-western corner of Ahmedabad, the present capital city of Gujurat. The name of the village is otherwise known as Dhundhukkanagara and Dhundhukapura.
Hemacandra was the son of Cāciga of Moḍhavaṃśa and Pāhiṇī. The Moḍha family hailed from a village called Moḍherā. The presiding deity (kuladevatā) of this family was goddess Cāmuṇḍā and kula-yakṣa was Gonasa. His mother Pāhiṇī was a Jain, while his father was a Śaivaite. The childhood name of Hemacandra was Cāṅgadeva. He was also a disciple of Devacandra. Hemacandra received the patronage of Jayasiṃha Siddharāja (1094-1143 C.E.) and his successor Kumārapāla of Anhilvid of Gujarat. He initiated Kumārapāla into Jainism. Hemacandra was offered to Devacandra to serve Jainism when he was five years of age, being named as Somacandra. After becoming a Sūri, he was renamed as Hemacandra.Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Languages of India and abroad
Hemacandra (हेमचन्द्र).—Name of a celebrated Jaina lexicographer (of the 11th century).
Derivable forms: hemacandraḥ (हेमचन्द्रः).
Hemacandra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms heman and candra (चन्द्र).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
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A study of the philosophy of Jainism (by Deepa Baruah)
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