Tosali, Tosalī: 3 definitions



Tosali means something in Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Tosali (तोसलि) or Tosaligrāma is the name of a village visited by Mahāvīra during his eleventh year of spiritual-exertion.—From Bālukā he arrived at places such as Suyoga, Succhetā, Malabha, Hastiśīrṣa, etc. Saṅgama created calamities at every place. At ‘Tosaligrāma’ and ‘Mosaligrāma’ in the disguise of an ascetic, he would steal and when caught, would accuse the Lord, calling him his teacher. The magician Mahābhūtila in Tosali village and a regional official in Mosali village introduced the Lord and saved him.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

Tosalī (तोसली).—First two separate rock-edicts found at Dhauli are addressed to the Mahāmātras at Tosalī. The place Tosalī is also mentionedin the Nagarjunakond inscription of Virapurisadata. It presumably occupied the same site today as that of Dhauli in the Puri district, Orissa: the transformation of Tosalī into Dhauli being not a phonetic impossibility. The rulers of the Vigraha dynasty had their capital at the ancient city of Tosalī. The place has been identified with Toslei of Ptolemy. It is erroneously stated there to have been situated beyond the Gaṅgā river.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Tosalī (तोसली).—N.L. Dey identifies Dakṣiṇa Kosala with Tosalī of Aśoka's inscription (Tosala) at Dhauli, which is situated near Bhuvaneśwar in the Puri district, Orissa. Als see Kosala: a place-name without suffix and is mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 1. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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