Rathamushala, Rathamūṣala, Ratha-mushala: 1 definition


Rathamushala 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.

The Sanskrit term Rathamūṣala can be transliterated into English as Rathamusala or Rathamushala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Bhagavati Sutra

Rathamūṣala (रथमूषल) is the name of a battle, according to the Bhagavatīsūtra , book 7 chapter 9.—Accordingly, “[...] Knowing that the Rathamūṣala battle was about to break out, King Konika called the officers nearest to him and uttered similar words as he did before the Mahāśilākaṇṭaka battle, except that the royal elephant now was named Bhutānanda. Śakra, the king of the gods, was at the head of Konika’s army”.

Why is the battle called Rathamūṣala?—[...] When this battle was raging in its utmost fury, chariots, horses and charioteers were flying helplessly in all directions in a disorderly manner, killing men, destroying men, annihilating men, doing a tremendous havoc and making the soil muddy with human blood. Hence it is so called.

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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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