Pupphacula, Puppha-cula, Pupphacūlā: 1 definition



Pupphacula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Pupphacūlā (पुप्फचूला) in Prakrit (or Puṣpacūlā in Sanskrit) is mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “By order of her father, Pupphacūlā became the wife of her own brother. Her mother, who became a goddess when she died, shows her the underworld. The Jaina monk Anniāputta is the only one who describes them as she saw them. She therefore becomes a Jaina nun, and, having attained omniscience before him, predicts to him the manner in which he would be freed: by crossing the Gaṅgā, impaled at the bottom of the river. [...]”.

Cf. Āvaśyakacūrṇi II 177.5-179.2; Āvasyakaniryukti (Haribhadra commentary) b.5-a.2; Paris.VI. v. 104-169: Hertel 1908 p. 163-170.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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