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Nandishvaradvipa, aka: Nandishvara-dvipa, Nandīśvaradvīpa; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nandīśvaradvīpa can be transliterated into English as Nandisvaradvipa or Nandishvaradvipa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Nandīśvaradvīpa (नन्दीश्वरद्वीप) is one of the continents (dvīpa) of the middle-world (madhyaloka), encircled by the ocean named Nandīśvarodasamudra (or simply Nandīśvaroda), according to Jain cosmology. The middle-world contains innumerable concentric dvīpas and, as opposed to the upper-world (adhaloka) and the lower-world (ūrdhvaloka), is the only world where humans can be born. Nandīśvaradvīpa is also known as plainly Nandīśvara.

Nandīśvaradvīpa is recorded in ancient Jaina canonical texts dealing with cosmology and geography of the universe. Examples of such texts are the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapannatti and the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Nandīśvaradvīpa (नन्दीश्वरद्वीप).—The Nandīśvara-dvīpa is a land of delight of the gods with gardens of manifold designs, adorned and honoured by the visits of gods devoted to the worship of the Tīrthaṅkaras. In its central part are four Añjana mountains of black colour, situated in the four directions:

  1. Devaramaṇa in the east,
  2. Nityodyata in the south,
  3. Svayamprabha in the west,
  4. Ramaṇīya in the north.

On their tops are temples of the Arhats (tīrthaṅkaras), one hundred yojanas long, half as wide and seventy yojanas high, each shrine having four doors. Within the tempels are jewelled platforms, sixteen yojanas long and wide, and eight yojanas high. On the platforms (maṇipīṭhikā) are diases (devacchandaka) of jewels whose length and width exceed the platforms, and on them are one hundred and eight eternal statues (śāśvata-bimba) of each of the Arhats named Ṛṣabha, Vardhamāna, Candrāmana and Vāriṣeṇa in the paryaṅka posture, made of jewels, attended each by a beautiful retinuie consisting of two Nāgas, two Yakṣas, two Bhūtas, and two pitcher-carriers while behind each statue is a figure of an umbrella-bearer. On the diases are incense-jars, wreaths, bells, the eight auspicious marks, banners, umbrellas, festoons, baskets, boxes and seats as well as sixteen ornaments such as full pitchers etc.

Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography

Nandīśvaradvīpa (नन्दीश्वरद्वीप).—The 15th continent in the Middle World of Jain cosmology. It is religiously important as the place where gods come together to celebrate festivities in its 52 temples. The Nandīśvara-dvīpa is often carved in stone models or slabs found in Jain temples, where they are worshipped. This is especially common among Digambaras.

Source: JAINpedia: Glossary

Nandīśvaradvīpa (नन्दीश्वरद्वीप).—According to both Digambaras and Śvetāmbaras, Nandīśvara Dvīpa is a land visited by gods who can perform worship to the Tīrthaṅkaras at fifty-two eternal temples (śāśvatajinālaya) (Shah 1987, 22-23). Gardens and lotus-filled lakes permeate the landscape of Nandīśvara Dvīpa which is also punctuated at its center with four mountain peaks of black stone.

Source: Scribd: Carving Devotion in the Jain Caves at Ellora

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