Marudevi, aka: Marudevī; 1 Definition(s)
Marudevi means something in Jainism, Prakrit. 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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Marudevī (मरुदेवी) is the wife of Nābhi, who is a kulakara (law-giver) according to Śvetāmbara sources, while Digambara names him Nābhirāja. The kulakaras (similair to the manus of the Brahmanical tradition) figure as important characters protecting and guiding humanity towards prosperity during ancient times of distress, whenever the kalpavṛkṣa (wishing tree) failed to provide the proper service.
These law-givers and their wifes (eg., Marudevī) are listed in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition.Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 3: The birth of Ṛṣabha (the thirteenth incarnation) < [Chapter II]
Part 14: Death of Puṇḍarīka with a crore of sādhus < [Chapter VI]
Part 12: Marudevī’s omniscience and death < [Chapter III]
A study of the philosophy of Jainism (by Deepa Baruah)