Mahimandala, Mahīmaṇḍala, Mahi-mandala: 5 definitions



Mahimandala means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Mahimandala in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Mahīmaṇḍala (महीमण्डल) is the name of an ancient city, according to chapter 4.6 [śrī-maghava-cakravartin-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.

Accordingly:—“In this same Bharata in the city Mahīmaṇḍala there was a king, named Amarapati, in Vāsupūjya’s congregation. Sole lord of the lordless, best of kings, he was attentive to right behavior, like a good Sādhu to right-conduct. He did not strike his people at all, even with a flower-stalk; he only guarded them carefully like a new flower. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahimandala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahīmaṇḍala (महीमण्डल).—

1) the circumference of the earth.

2) the whole earth.

Derivable forms: mahīmaṇḍalam (महीमण्डलम्).

Mahīmaṇḍala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahī and maṇḍala (मण्डल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahīmaṇḍala (महीमण्डल):—[=mahī-maṇḍala] [from mahī > mah] n. the circumference of the e°, the whole e°, [Kādambarī; Sūryasiddhānta]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahīmaṇḍala (महीमण्डल):—n. der Umkreis der Erde , die ganze Erde [Kād. (1872) 259,8.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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