Jnatrika, Jñātṛka: 1 definition


Jnatrika 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 Jñātṛka can be transliterated into English as Jnatrka or Jnatrika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Jainworld: Jain History

Jñātṛka (ज्ञातृक) were the clan of Siddhārtha and his son Mahāvīra, the Jina. They had their seats at Kuṇḍapura or Kuṇḍagrāma and Kollāga, suburbs of Vaiśāli. Though dwelling in suburban areas, Mahāvīra and his fellow clansmen were known as Vesālie, i.e. inhabitants of Vaiśālī.

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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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