Nagakumara, Naga-kumara, Nāgakumāra: 6 definitions

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General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Nagakumara in Jainism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nāgakumāra (नागकुमार) refers to a class of bhavanavāsin, which is a species of deva (gods), according to Jain cosmology. The bhavanavāsins or bhaumeyika gods (e.g. the Nāgas) have a princely appearance (kumāra) and live in palaces (bhavana) and the upper part of the uppermost hell (ratnaprabhā).

The nāgas have an associated caityavṛkṣa (sacred-tree) known as the Saptaparṇa accoring to both Digambara and Śvetāmbara. They are defined according to the cosmological texts, such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition, or the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)

Nāgakumāra (नागकुमार) refers to “serpentine youths” and represents on of the ten classes of “residential celestial beings” (bhavanavāsin), itself a category of devas (celestial beings), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.10. Who are called Nāgakumāra? Those celestial beings that live on the mountains and in sandalwood trees are called serpentine youths.

Who are the lords amongst the ‘serpentine-youths’ (nāgakumāra) residential class of celestial beings? Dharaṇa and Bhūtānanda are the two lords in the Serpentine-youths residential celestial beings.

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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»] — Nagakumara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nāgakumāra (नागकुमार).—[masculine] a serpent-prince.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Nāgakumāra (नागकुमार):—[=nāga-kumāra] [from nāga] m. prince of the serpent-demons, [Divyāvadāna]

2) [v.s. ...] [plural] Name of a class of deities among the Bhavanādhīśas guarding the treasures of Kubera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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