Mahatamahprabha, aka: Mahātamaḥprabhā, Maha-tamas-prabha; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahātamaḥprabhā (महातमःप्रभा) or simply Mahātamas refers to one of the seven lands (bhumī) or layers of the underworld (adholoka or naraka), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.1. Each ‘land’ of hell has a hue (prabhā), which is an attribute of light. Hence this word is associated with each of the seven lands. That ‘land’ which is pitch-dark-hued is called Mahātamaḥprabhā. It is also known by the name Māghavī.

These seven lands (eg., mahatamas-prabhā) exist in the downward order (one below the other) with Ratnaprabhā being the topmost supported by the cushions of humid atmosphere (ghana), dense air /water (ambu), which rests in a ring of thin /rarified air (vāta) resting in space (ākāśa). Mahātamaḥprabhā has only five less than one hundred thousand infernal abodes (naraka). The maximum life span of infernal beings in Mahātamaḥprabhā land is thirty-three ocean-mesured-periods (sāgaropama).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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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