Jayashyama, Jayaśyāmā: 2 definitions



Jayashyama means something in Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Jayaśyāmā can be transliterated into English as Jayasyama or Jayashyama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Jayaśyāmā (जयश्यामा) is the mother of Vimala according to Digambara (but she is named Śyāmā according to Śvetāmbara), according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). Vimala is the thirteenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism. A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The husband of Jayaśyāmā is Kṛtavarmā. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography

Jayaśyāmā (जयश्यामा) is the mother of Anantanātha: the fourteenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—The Jaina Purāṇas give his father’s name as Siṃhasena and mother’s name as Jayaśyāmā. He was the Kṣatriya sovereign of Ayodhyā, where the Tīrthaṃkara was born. He obtained his name of Ananta as his mother had seen an endless necklace of pearls. Jaina tradition asserts that an endless (ananta) thread which lay about powerless in Ayodhyā became endowed with power to heal diseases as soon as the Tīrthaṃkara took his birth.

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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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