Rathavarta, Rathāvarta, Ratha-avarta: 5 definitions

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Rathavarta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rathavarta in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Rathāvarta (रथावर्त).—A holy place considered to be on the right side of Śākambharīdevī. He who visits this place will, due to the grace of Śiva, attain salvation. (Vana Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 23).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Rathāvarta (रथावर्त) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.82.20) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Rathāvarta) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Rathavarta in Jainism glossary
Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Rathāvarta (रथावर्त) is the name of a mountain, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of conquest] 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.

Accordingly, as Nirvāṇasaṅgama said to Indra (son of Sahasrāra): “[...] One day Ānandamālin took the vow from disgust with the world and wandered with great sages, practicing severe penance. One time in the course of his wandering, he went to Mount Rathāvarta. You saw him and remembered Ahilyā’s svayaṃvara. Absorbed in meditation, he was bound and beaten many times by you, but, immovable as a mountain, he was not moved in the least from meditation. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rathavarta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Rathāvarta (रथावर्त):—[from ratha] m. Name of a place of pilgrimage, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] of a mountain, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

[Sanskrit to German]

Rathavarta in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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