Kimpurushottama, Kimpuruṣottama: 1 definition
Kimpurushottama 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 Kimpuruṣottama can be transliterated into English as Kimpurusottama or Kimpurushottama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
General definition (in Jainism)
Kimpuruṣottama (किम्पुरुषोत्तम) refers to a class of kinnara deities according to the Śvetāmbara tradition, while the Digambara tradition does not recognize this class. The kinnaras refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The kinnaras are black in complexion and their caitya-vṛkṣas (sacred-tree) is Aśoka according to both traditions.
The deities such as Kimpuruṣottamas are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.
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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