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Mahāyakṣa, aka: Maha-yaksha; 1 Definition(s)

Introduction

Mahāyakṣa means something in Jainism, Prakrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Mahāyakṣa can be transliterated into English as Mahayaksha or Mahayaksa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Mahāyakṣa (महायक्ष) is the name of class of mahoraga gods according to the Śvetāmbara tradition, while the Digambara does not recognize this class. The mahoraga refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The mahoragas are are dark or black in complexion and the Nāga is their caitya-vṛkṣa (sacred-tree).

The deities such as the Mahāyakṣas 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

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