Padmacarita, Padma-carita: 1 definition


Padmacarita 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Padmacharita.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Padmacarita is the Sanskrit name for the “Paumacariu”: the title of two Jain works, one by Vimalasūri, and the other by Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva. The one by Vimalasūri is written in Jain Māhārāṣṭrī and is the oldest extant version, while Svayambhūdeva composed his Paumacariu in Apabhraṃśa. The Paumacariu (Sanskrit Padmacarita or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) represents the Jain rendering of the famous story of Rāma and Rāvaṇa.

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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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