Magadhatirtha, Māgadhatīrtha, Magadha-tirtha: 1 definition



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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Māgadhatīrtha (मागधतीर्थ) is the name of an ancient region, as mentioned in chapter 1.4 [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.


“[...] by daily marches of one yojana, following the cakra, the Cakrin arrived at Māgadhatīrtha. The King established a camp nine yojanas broad and twelve yojanas long on the bank of the eastern ocean. [...] Concentrating his mind on the deity, the Māgadhatīrtha-kumāra, he engaged in four days’ fast, the foremost door to the accomplishment of desires”.

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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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