Munisuvrata: 5 definitions
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General definition (in Jainism)Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
Munisuvrata (मुनिसुव्रत):—The twentieth Tīrthaṅkara (Janism recognizes 24 such teachers or Siddhas). He is also known as Munisuvratanātha. His colour is gold (kāñcana), according to Aparājitapṛcchā (221.5-7). His height is 20 dhanuṣa (a single dhanuṣa (or, ‘bow’) equals 6 ft), thus, roughly corresponding to 37 meters. His emblem, or symbol, is a Tortoise.
Munisuvrata’s father is Sumitra and his mother is Padmā. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).
Source: archive.org: The Jaina Iconography
Munisuvrata (मुनिसुव्रत) refers to the twentieth of twenty-four Tīrthaṃkaras or Jinas, commonly depicted in Jaina iconography.—The Jaina texts furnish the emblem of a tortoise which differentiates the image of this Jina from those of all the rest. The Yakṣa husband and wife are called Varuṇa and Naradattā (Digambara Bahurūpiṇī) respectively. The king who plays the part of his Chowri-bearer is named Ajita. The tree made sacred by being associated with the scene of his Kevala knowledge is Campaka.
Regarding the Jina’s parentage, we are informed that his father named Sumitra was the king of Magadha. His mother had the name of Soma (Padmāvatī according to some books). His dynasty is called the Harivaṃśa. The capital was at Rājagṛha. His name originated from the fact that he kept noble vows (Suvrata, good vows) devoutly and he was a Muni or a Saint. The tortoise as his emblem symbolises the idea of slowness and steadiness, the two requisite qualities for keeping vows.Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Munisuvrata (मुनिसुव्रत) refers to the twentieth of the twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras praised in the first book (ādīśvara-caritra) [chapter 1] 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.
Accordingly, “[...] we worship the Arhats, who at all times and all places purify the people of the three worlds by their name, representation, substance, and actual existence. [...] We praise Munisuvrata’s preaching, which resembles the dawn for the sleep of the world’s great delusion”.
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
(-taḥ) The twentieth Jaina pontiff of the present era.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Munisuvrata (मुनिसुव्रत):—[=muni-suvrata] [from muni] m. (with Jainas) Name of the 12th Arhat of the past and the 20th of the present Avasarpiṇī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
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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Starts with: Munisuvratanatha.
Search found 4 books and stories containing Munisuvrata, Muni-suvrata; (plurals include: Munisuvratas, suvratas). 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 10: Rāma’s life as a monk < [Chapter X - Rāma’s mokṣa (emancipation)]
Part 13: Munisuvrata’s mokṣa (emancipation) < [Chapter VII - Śrī Munisuvratanāthacaritra]
Part 6: Munisuvrata’s life before initiation < [Chapter VII - Śrī Munisuvratanāthacaritra]
Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
A study of the philosophy of Jainism (by Deepa Baruah)
Chapter I.b - Meaning of the term Tīrthaṅkara < [Chapter I - Introduction]
Chapter I.c - The lives of the Tīrthaṅkaras < [Chapter I - Introduction]
Settlement in Early Historic Ganga Plain (by Chirantani Das)