Purimatala, Purimatāla, Purimātāla: 2 definitions



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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Purimatāla (पुरिमताल) refers to an ancient district of Ayodhyā, according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.


“[...] The Blessed One, Vṛṣabha-bannered, went to Purimatāla, the chief suburb of the great city Ayodhyā. To the north of it was a beautiful grove Śakatamukha, that was like a second Nandana, which the Lord occupied. After fasting for four days, standing in meditation under a banyan tree, he attained the guṇasthāna called apramatta”.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Purimatāla (पुरिमताल) is the name of a village visited by Mahāvīra during his eighth year of spiritual-exertion.—From Lohārgalā the Lord moved to Purimatāla and stood in meditation at the ‘Śakaṭamukha’ garden outside the city. From there, passing through 'Unnāga' and ‘Gobhūmi’, he arrived at Rājagṛha.

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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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