Merudevi, aka: Merudevī; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Merudevī (मेरुदेवी).—A daughter of Mahāmeru. The nine daughters of Mahāmeru are: Merudevī, Pratirūpā, Ugradaṃṣṭrī, Latā, Ramyā, Śyāmā, Nārī, Bhadrā and Devavīthī. They were married to Nābhi, Kimpuruṣa, Hari, Ilāvṛta, Ramyaka, Hiraṇmaya, Kuru, Bhadrāśva and Ketumāla respectively. All these nine Kings were born to a King Agnīdhra of the nymph Pūrvacitti. (Pañcama Skandha, Bhāgavata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Merudevī (मेरुदेवी).—Wife of Nābhi of Himāhva kingdom and a daughter of Meru; son Ṛṣabha;1 took part in the yajña conducted by her husband desirous of a son and the Lord was pleased to be born to her. Followed her husband to Viśālā (Badarī) and attained mukti there with him.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 13; V. 2. 23; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 50; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 27.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 3. 1 and 19 and 20; 4. 5; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 59.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Merudevī (मेरुदेवी) is the mother of Ṛṣabha, the first of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The husband of Merudevī is Nābhi. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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