Mushandhi, Muṣaṇḍhī, Musamdhi: 1 definition


Mushandhi means something in Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Muṣaṇḍhī can be transliterated into English as Musandhi or Mushandhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Muṣaṇḍhī (मुषण्ढी) refers to a “round club of wood”, studded with iron nails, according to Hemacandra’s Śeṣanāmamālā 151 (1693 in ed. in Bibl.), quoted in com, to Abhidhānacintāmaṇi (Bhav.) 3. 451. The spelling there used is muṣuṇḍhī, one of the numerous variations which include bhuṣaṇḍhī and its variants. Its meaning is also variously interpreted (see Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra II, n. 128) , but Hemacandra’s definition should apply to his own use. My former loaning toward ‘firearm’ must be revised.

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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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