Mrigavaticaritra, Mṛgāvatīcaritra, Mrigavati-caritra: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Mṛgāvatīcaritra can be transliterated into English as Mrgavaticaritra or Mrigavaticaritra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Mrigavaticharitra.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Tessitori Collection I

Mṛgāvatīcaritra (मृगावतीचरित्र) is the name of a work by Samayasundara dealing with the lives of Jain female heroes.—The Mṛgāvatīcaritra (in Gujarati) is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The author narrates the Mṛgāvatīcaritra story because it illustrates the fundamental importance of śīla, which is stated at the outset of the work. [...] Mṛgāvatī (and Candanabālā) are two ladies who lived in Mahāvīra’s time and are among the first nuns of his community. One of the earliest stories featuring them occurs in the Āvaśyaka commentaries (see Balbir, Āvaśyaka-Studien: 273ff.). Both of them are dear to the heart of the Jains for they are counted among the ‘sixteen satīs’.

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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

[«previous next»] — Mrigavaticaritra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mṛgāvatīcaritra (मृगावतीचरित्र):—[=mṛgā-vatī-caritra] [from mṛgā-vatī > mṛga > mṛg] n. Name of [work]

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Mrigavaticaritra in German

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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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