Meghankara, Meghaṅkara, Meghaṅkarā: 3 definitions
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General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Meghaṅkarā (मेघङ्करा) refers to one of the eight Dikkumārīs living in the upper world (on mount Meru), according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-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.
“[...] Likewise, having known by the shaking of their thrones, the eight Dikkumārīs [viz., Meghaṅkarā] living on mount Meru, inhabitants of the upper world, came. After bowing to the Jina and the Jina’s mother and announcing themselves as before, they quickly made a mass of clouds in the sky, like the month nabhasya. For a yojana around the house they [viz., Meghaṅkarā] laid the dust completely with perfumed water like darkness by moonlight. They made a shower of five-colored flowers knee-deep, making the earth made of variegated paintings as it were. [...].”.
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 dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Cloud-producing, (rainy season.) E. megha, kṛ to make, khac aff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Meghaṅkara (मेघङ्कर):—[megha-ṅkara] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Cloud-producing.
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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Partial matches: Megha.
Search found 2 books and stories containing Meghankara, Meghaṅkara, Meghaṅkarā, Megha-nkara, Megha-ṅkara; (plurals include: Meghankaras, Meghaṅkaras, Meghaṅkarās, nkaras, ṅkaras). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 5: Birth rites of Sambhava < [Chapter I - Sambhavajinacaritra]
Part 7: Birth-rites performed by Dikkumārīs < [Chapter II - Birth of Ajita and Sagara]
Part 4: Birth ceremonies of Ṛṣabha < [Chapter II]
Bhagavad-gita Mahatmya (by N.A. Deshpande)