Mauryaputra: 4 definitions


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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Mauryaputra (मौर्यपुत्र) is the name of the seventh gaṇadhara (group-leader) of Mahāvīra.—A Brahmin of the Kāśyapa-gotra from the Mauryan province, Mauryaputra was the seventh gaṇadhara of the Lord. His father’s name was Maurya and mother’s name was Vijayādevī. Impressed by the Lord's answer to his doubt about gods and the realm of gods, Mauryaputra along with his 350 students took to mendicancy. Remaining a mendicant for 14 years he attained pure knowledge from penance at the age of 79. Then, wandering as a kevalī for 16 years, he fasted unto death attaining nirvāṇa during the lifetime of the Lord at the age of 95.

All these gaṇadharas (for example, Mauryaputra) were Brahmins by caste and Vedic scholars. After taking initiation, they all studied the 11 Aṅgas. Hence, all of them had the knowledge of the 14 pūrvas and possessed special attainments (labdhis).

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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

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

Mauryaputra (मौर्यपुत्र):—[=maurya-putra] [from maurya] m. (with Jainas) Name of one of the eleven Gaṇādhipas, [Horace H. Wilson]

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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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