Madamba, aka: Maḍamba; 3 Definition(s)


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Maḍamba (मडम्ब, “isolated towns”) refers to a village completely isolated for half a yojana. For example, according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 1.4 it is said that Bharata “was ruler of poor towns (karbaṭa), and isolated towns (maḍamba) with a high degree of wealth to the number of twenty-four thousand”. (Also see Kalpasūtra with Kiraṇāvalī comentary: 1. 88, p. 73b.)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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India history and geogprahy

Madamba is one of the terms designating an ‘administrative division’ used in the inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh.—This appellation was to designate a small division consisting of eleven gramas as stated in Sivatattvaratnakara (kallola 6, taranga 1, verse 14: “Yuktam: ekadasa-gramair: madambam: parikirtitam”). An earlier reference to madamba is known from the Jaina Commentories: “Madambani sarvatordhayojantparatah avasthita gramani”.

So far only two madamba divisions have been noticed in Andhra Pradesh, namely, Kharapuri-madamba referred to in the Siripuram plates of the Kalinga kingn Anantavarman and Devadamadavam-vishaya found in a record of the Easstem Gangas. Dantayavagu-bhoga is called also Dantayavagu-madamba. Madamba division is not known in other States of India.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of place names of Nalgonda district

Maḍamba.—(EI 24), a territorial division. Note: maḍamba is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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