Rativallabha, Rati-vallabha: 2 definitions

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Introduction:

Rativallabha 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

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Rativallabha in Chandas glossary
Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Rativallabha (रतिवल्लभ) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Rativallabha has 19 mātrās in each of its four lines, divided into the groups of 5, 5, 5 and 4 mātrās.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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

Rativallabha (रतिवल्लभ) is a previous incarnation of Meghavāhana (i.e., Ghanavāhana), according to chapter 2.4 [ajitanātha-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.

Accordingly, as Bhīma (i.e., the Lord of the Rākṣasas) said to Meghavāhana: “I was a king, Vidyutdaṃṣṭra (=Vidyuddaṃṣṭra), in Kāñcanapura on Mount Vaitāḍhya in Bharatakṣetra in Puṣkaradvīpa in a former birth. In that birth you were my son Rativallabha, exceedingly dear. Now, O child, it is well that you have been seen. So it is now also. You are my son. Take my army. Whatever else is mine is yours. [...]”.

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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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