Mararaja, Mara-raja, Mārarāja: 1 definition

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Mararaja means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Mārarāja (मारराज) is variously named Vasavattimāra, Namuchi, Pāpiyān, Kāmadhāturāja, Kṛṣṇa, Piṣuna, &c. He is ruler of the highest of the six Kāmadevaloka heavens—the Paranimmita-vasavatti Devaloka (Sans. Paranirmita-vaśavartin) or Vasavattī, where life lasts 32,000 years. He is the lord of pleasure, sin and death, the tempter, the evil principle, the representative of inherent sin. He is represented as riding on an elephant, and attended by the Mārakāyikas. He has a hundred arms and assumes monstrous forms. He owes his exalted rank to his having in a previous birth exercised a high degree of charity. His realm (Māradheyya) is that of re-birth as opposed to Nirvāṇa. (from: Buddhist art in India)

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