Kilbishika, Kilbiṣika: 2 definitions

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Kilbishika 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 Kilbiṣika can be transliterated into English as Kilbisika or Kilbishika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Kilbiṣika (किल्बिषिक).—One of the ten sub-types of gods (devas), according to Jain cosmology. The name can also be spelled as Kilviṣika. The occupation of the kilviṣikas is to act as outcastes.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kilbiṣika (किल्बिषिक) refers to a group of deities living in the Īśāna heaven, as mentioned in chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-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.

Accordingly, as the door-keeper of the Śrīprabha palace said to the previous incarnation of Ṛṣabha:

“Today, O Lord, we are fortunate, having you as our lord. Show favor to us, humble, with your nectar-like glance. O Master, this is the Īśāna-heaven, granting anything wished for, with great and imperishable glory, always the abode of happiness. In that heaven you now adorn the palace Śrīprabha which was gained by your merit. [...] The Kilbiṣika gods perform your menial tasks. [...]”.

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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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