Titihari, Ṭiṭiharī: 1 definition


Titihari 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.

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General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Ṭiṭiharī (टिटिहरी) is a synonym of Ṭiṭṭibha: a bird identified with either Parra jacuna or Tringa goensis, according to chapter 3.6 [candraprabha-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.

Note: The Ṭiṭṭibha is a sand-piper. Monier-Williams and Bate both give Parra jacuna for Ṭiṭṭibha, but Śabdasāgara gives it as a synonym of Ṭiṭiharī, the sand-piper (Tringa goensis, Bate). This bird is said “to sleep with its legs extended upwards, as if to sustain the firmament; hence the phrase is applied to a person who undertakes an enterprise far above bis capacities”. Bate, s. v. Ṭaṭoharā. Hindi proverb: ṭaṭohare se āsmān thāmā jāegā: Will the sky be supported by the sand-piper?

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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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