Stanitakumara, aka: Stanitakumāra, Stanita-kumara, Stanitakumārā; 3 Definition(s)
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General definition (in Jainism)
Stanitakumāra (स्तनितकुमार) refers to a class of bhavanavāsin, which is a species of deva (gods), according to Jain cosmology. The bhavanavāsins or bhaumeyika gods (eg. the Stanitas) have a princely appearance (kumāra) and live in palaces (bhavana) and the upper part of the uppermost hell (ratnaprabhā).
The stanitas have an associated caityavṛkṣa (sacred-tree) known as the Kadamba accoring to the Digambara and Vañjula according to Śvetāmbara. They are defined according to the cosmological texts, such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition, or the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
Stanitakumāra (स्तनितकुमार) refers to “thundering youths” and represents on of the ten classes of “residential celestial beings” (bhavanavāsin), itself a category of devas (celestial beings), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.10. Who are called Stanitakumāra? The celestial beings that create sound are called thundering youths.
Who are the lords amongst the ‘thundering-youths’ (stanitakumāra) residential class of celestial beings? Sughoṣa and Prabhañjana are the two lords in the Thundering-youths residential celestial beings.(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Stanitakumārā (स्तनितकुमारा).—(with Jainas) a particular class of gods.
Derivable forms: stanitakumārāḥ (स्तनितकुमाराः).
Stanitakumārā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms stanita and kumārā (कुमारा).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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