Maniratha, Maṇiratha, Mani-ratha: 2 definitions


Maniratha 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.

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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Tessitori Collection I

Maṇiratha (मणिरथ) is the name of an ancient king, according to the “Madanarekhā satī no saṃbaṃdha” (dealing with the lives of Jain female heroes), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—(Cf. Maiṃṇarehā)—[...] King Maṇiratha who went so far as to organize the murder of his brother, Jagabāhu, because he was in love with the latter’s wife, Maiṇarehā. Jagabāhu died piously (vs. 38), and was later reborn as a god (vs. 42). In order to escape Maṇiratha’s seducive attempts, Maiṇarehā ran away to the forest to protect her virtue. She was pregnant and gave birth to a baby, but had to leave him. [...]

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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, 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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