Kathamahodadhi, Kathāmahodadhi, Katha-mahodadhi: 2 definitions

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Kathamahodadhi 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.

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Source: Google Books: Ancient India

Kathāmahodadhi—(Jaina epic story) by Somachandra (15th c. A.D.)

Source: academia.edu: Tessitori Collection I

Kathāmahodadhi (कथामहोदधि) is the name of a work by Somacandra narrating stories from Jain literature.—The Kathāmahodadhi (in Sanskrit prose and verse) is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Kathāmahodadhi represents a repository of 157 stories was composed by Somacandra, pupil of Ratnaśekharasūri of the tapāgaccha, in VS 1504. [...] The Kathāmahodadhi, as explained by the author, is based on another work, the Karpūraprakara (both available in the printed edition). The stories are written in prose but each of them is preceded by a verse. They stage a large number of Jain characters, including early teachers such as Vajrasvāmin, Sthūlibhadra, Bhadrabāhu, etc. In some cases, there is more than one story on the same person.

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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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